It is my extreme pleasure and honor to host famed award-winning science fiction author John B. Rosenman on my blog.
If you like novels that are compelling where the implausible becomes believable, John will not disappoint. Though I’m not a reader of sci-fi, his books are so engrossing that I am now a fan of his work. If Rod Serling were alive today, I have no doubt that he would be clamoring to sign the rights to his books for a series or a feature film. John paints the page with vivid prose and puts the reader into another world of his creation—a world of living characters who pull the reader into their struggles and triumphs. I am pleased and fortunate to know such a talented author.
And now a few words from John:
John B. Rosenman – Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Writer
In 1953, when I was twelve, I sat in a theater watching “The War of the Worlds”. When the scene came in which three men were left alone with a smoldering meteor that started to unscrew, I got scared to death. What was in that meteor? What would it look like and do? It took all my courage to stay in my seat and not run.
Originally I wanted (implausibly) to be an opera star, but I think that movie, plus others like “Them!” and “The Thing,” influenced me to follow a more gruesome, otherworldly path. Also, I became addicted to horror comics such as “Tales From The Crypt.” Around this time, a friend introduced me to Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, and I quickly devoured “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “I Am Legend,” and “The Shrinking Man”. These books lived inside me, fired my imagination. I’ll never forget the episode in “Chronicles” in which Earthmen discover a town on Mars with all their dead loved ones WAITING FOR THEM. Besides enjoying such movies, comics, and books, I received Poe’s collected works from a family friend. Even better, was a birthday gift–a year’s subscription to the magazine “Amazing”!
All of these influences shaped my thinking and approach to writing. Two of my major themes are the endless, mind-stretching wonders of the universe and the limitless possibilities of transformation—sexual, cosmic, and otherwise. Thanks to the books and movies of my youth, these two themes continue to fascinate me and lead me to explore them again and again in various ways.
As for my writing method, here’s a question for my readers. Do I carefully plot my stories, taking care that every step and facet is meticulously planned in advance? Nope, I’m a pantser. I make it up on the fly, often not knowing what comes next until it arrives. Like Arthur Miller’s salesman, I wing it on “a smile and a shoeshine.” As for being a pantser, check out my attached blog: https://johnrosenman.com/?p=1312
What inspires me to write? Many things, far too many to mention. Let me give you just one. In the past, a local Barnes & Noble store fired my muse and provided inspiration for my stories. I’d stroll through it, see a book title here, a poster there and…bingo! A short story would sometimes leap full-grown into my head, sometimes out of nothing. I recall one time I saw a book titled The Calm Technique. At once another title burst into my brain. The Death Technique. I went home and wrote a gruesome story which I later published in Dark Arts, a horror anthology.
Today, I’m a retired English professor from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Altogether, I’ve published three hundred stories in The Speed of Dark, Weird Tales, Whitley Strieber’s Aliens, Galaxy, The Age of Wonders, and elsewhere. In addition, I’ve published thirty books, including SF novels such as Speaker of the Shakk and Beyond Those Distant Stars, winner of AllBooks Review Editor’s Choice Award (Mundania Press), and Alien Dreams, A Senseless Act of Beauty, and (YA) The Merry-Go-Round Man (Crossroad Press). MuseItUp Publishing has published several novels, including the first four in the Inspector of the Cross series. Musa Publishing gave my sci-fi time-travel story “Killers” their 2013 Editor’s Top Pick award. Some of my books are also available as audio books from Audible.com. In addition, I’m the former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers Association and the previous editor of The Rhetorician and Horror Magazine.
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My major focus for the past few years has been on my Inspector of the Cross series, which features a hero who struggles for four thousand years to save humanity from seemingly invincible aliens. INSPECTOR OF THE CROSS is Book 1 and it is currently available for free on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2jqq1Xt .
If you like the novel, please check out the rest of the series and consider writing a review. THE TURTAN TRILOGY is at https://www.amazon.com/The-Turtan-Trilogy-Full-length-Romance-ebook/dp/B015S48FFE?tag=linkredirector-20 Turtan-Trilogy & Book 4 CONQUEROR OF THE STARS at http://amzn.to/2mfKz7w –
If you’re interested in a Rosenman sampler, my 4-Book Bundle. 600 Pages, is only $2.99. THE AMAZING WORLDS OF JOHN B. ROSENMAN – #Scifi #Paranormal. It features Preditor’s and Editor’s award-winning SF/F story, “The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes.”
John, Thank you for being my guest and sharing details about your writing with my friends.