J. Thorn spent years as a part-time professor at John Carroll University before taking the scary leap into career author. Today, he works full time as a writer and editor, and is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). In this special episode, Abigail and J. dive deep into the inspirations of his creative life, and how he learned to fight resistance and embrace a growth mindset with two hands.
Listen to this episode to explore the reality of battling procrastination, isolation, and the big philosophical questions that continue important conversations. Email Abigail at abigailkperry [AT] gmail [DOT] com to discuss such topics more.
Have you read The War of Art, Catcher in the Rye, or Ishmael? If not, I greatly encourage you to venture out of your genre norms for these thought provoking nonfiction and fiction works. Borrow the text or audio version at your local library, or purchase from these vendors:
THE WAR OF ART
Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat “Resistance”; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone’s butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world.
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.
TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.
It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.
So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. In Ishmael, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?
Interested in other topics discussed in this podcast? Explore these resources for your own creative journey.
- The Author Life: Visit J.’s website to learn about his books and editing services.
- Intro Music: “Open Those Bright Eyes” by Kevin MacLeod, edited for this podcast’s intro and closing. License: Creative Commons