This week it’s my pleasure to introduce author, John Rienhard Dizon!
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Here’s my bio: John Reinhard Dizon was born and raised in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, NY. He participated in local and high school sports at Bishop Loughlin MHS, and was a key figure on the Brooklyn rock scene during the Punk Revolution of the 70’s. Relocating to San Antonio TX in the 80’s, he moonlighted as a pro wrestler before pursuing a BA at UTSA and degrees in Korean martial arts during the 90’s. He currently lives in KC MO where he is studying for his MA in English at UMKC. Mr. Dizon has been studying and writing about American and European society and culture for over twenty-five years
2) Where can we find you on the internet? https://www.facebook.com/johnreinharddizonUSA
3) Why did you chose the genre you write in and how would you describe your writing style?
I specialize in historical fiction, action/adventure fits my personality, and women’s fiction because I believe books should have redeeming social value.
4) Tell us about your latest book.
The Test is a Christian-theme Tribulation novel about Katia, a teen living in a commune after a mini-nuke attack on Truth or Consequences NM. Teens are leaving home and moving to rural camps protected by biker gangs to ease the financial burden on their bankrupt families. She meets four apostles at an abandoned church and is inspired to bring her friends into the ministry. The conflict comes as the bikers are drawn into demon worship and end up in a battle for their very souls.
5) If you could live in any world from a book or movie which would it be and why?
I think I’d like to live in Streamtown from my novel of the same name. They are rebuilding in a post-apocalyptic world and revert to steam power to avoid the catastrophic mistakes made by a fossil-fueled society. Kinda like going back to the dawn of man.
6) What was your favorite book growing up?
I’d have to say Goldfinger. It turned me onto the James Bond anthology by Ian Fleming, inspired my writing style and my first novella, Enemy Ace (when I was in sixth grade). My action/adventure novel The Standard was inspired by Fleming’s concept and is a tribute to the spy classic.
7) The infamous question- what advice would you give to any aspiring and new authors out there?
Write, write, write, and throw nothing away. Today’s trash may well become tomorrow’s treasure. Half the stuff I’ve published lately has been on the back burner for two decades.
8) What are your preferred method to use while writing and environment?
I work in my man-cave with my wide-screen TV and my cat Jigsaw. Can’t do without them.
9) What are your favorite games (tabletop and/or video)? If you’re not too much into gaming (even monopoly counts!) what are your other hobbies?
I’m always good for a game of chess, and will always recommend Civilization III as the greatest PC game of all time.
10) What can we look forward from you in the future?
Hezbollah (2nd Edition) is probably going to be released next week. Part One is about Tina Rivera, a world-renowned percussionist dying of muscular dystrophy. She is trying to break the news to her ex-bandmates amidst rumors of a reunion concert in Palestine where they participated in a legendary event two decades ago. Part Two features Isabel Carmona, the wife of the lead singer whose son is dying of AIDS. This has been acclaimed as a work of women’s fiction though there is a compelling action/adventure conflict between the Israelis and the real Hizbullah in Palestine as well as an authentic hardcore punk element.
Thanks again John for taking the time to talk with us!