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John M W Smith


An author who has had many stories published in the women's weekly magazines and literary journals, John was drawn to writing at an early age. At one time in his teenage years he was reading one book a day---the subject didn't matter, but it needed to grab his interest in the first couple of pages, or he would abandon it. And this is the rule he has since applied to all his writing, believing that if you haven't grabbed the reader straight away, you are not writing well enough.. After graduating with an Honors Degree in History he spent many years in academic publishing, at last leaving to pursue his long-held dream of becoming a writer. "Easily among the very best new writers we have seen", "fresh and original", "creates life-like characters---maybe too life-like" (whatever that means!), are some of the comments made by literary reviewers and consultants about his work. His favorite band is The Moody Blues. Also writes for teenagers (see sandybrown/mattblack link below to website). And, at his main website he writes twist in the tales stories from a female perspective.

Books by John M W Smith

A Layman's Guide to the Meaning of Life and Death by John M W Smith. Book cover
We all wonder about questions like these. The problem is that we never seem to find the time to ponder them enough, and we spend most of our lives with a vacuum inside us that is yearning to be filled. A vacuum that is there, in our subconscious, demanding attention, but which we ignore because it is too difficult to face up to it. So we turn, instead, to the easy, sugar-coated answers like spiritualism, reincarnation, meditation, clairvoyance, and religious texts that were written a long time ago and which have been modified by persons unknown over a vast period of time.
Non Fiction > Religion and Spirituality
Wacky Stories With Twist Endings by John M W Smith. Book cover
This is the first in a series of four ebooks. It also has a "sister" series called Scary Stories With Twist Endings (Vols. 1 and 2). As you would expect, these are twist in the tale stories of the kind made famous by writers like Jeffrey Archer, O'Henry, and Roald Dahl. Where these stories are different is in their contemporary feel, and---this is very important---that they are written from a woman's viewpoint! This is most unusual for a man to be doing, and it is even more unusual for him to be praised for doing it so well by numerous reviewers.
Fiction > Women's Fiction