John R. Hall
Writer and Blogger

John said "The real problem with writing a book in this day and age and trying to get it noticed is that America is a soundbite society with an attention span which is measured in nanoseconds."

He is the author of Red, White, and the Blues: A Long and Hard Ride over Treacherous Terrain and the founder of the Hunting For Thompson.com writers blog.

John studied journalism, communications, psychology, and the dramatic arts while attending City College in San Diego, California. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, John has been a street performer, cab driver, magician, IT/IS specialist, long-haul trucker, soldier, and oil field worker—all while struggling with PTSD, childhood abuse, parental abandonment, and dyslexia.

On the the process of writing a book, John said, "It is not unsimilar to the process of rehearsing before a performance. The preparation is a lonely, private affair—even if collaborators are involved. Throughout the entire creative process, there’s an unrelenting, nagging knowledge that an audience will be exposed to one’s art, and this gives one great pause. The reality and constant awareness that people will see one’s creativity permeates the whole process, triggering anguish over each verbal inflection and physical motion for the performer—and over each word, punctuation mark, font stylization, sentence transition, design, and layout of the final product for the writer. It’s not natural to stand exposed for all to see. It is enticingly nerve-racking. It’s yin and yang at its finest. It is a curse to be an artist.”

At sixty-two, John now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he penned the stories of his travels while hoping to get back home to Seattle, Washington.

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