Saturday, April 27, 2019

My Latest Interview plus a Book on Sale

Fiona McVie recently interviewed me on her blog, Author Interviews.  It's perhaps the most comprehensive interview I've ever had.  Fiona certainly asks a lot of questions, some of which are rather personal. Please check it out at -

Here's just one question. Fiona asks, "What makes you laugh/cry?"


John: I laugh at a lot of things. President Trump and political humor. Dirty jokes. Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live. Pickles and Doonesbury.

I don't cry easily. Males are discouraged from showing emotion. I did cry at my father's funeral, though I didn't do it very well. What I felt inside was terrible, though; a vast, permanent loss. I've gotten more sentimental as I've aged, and I can respond to more things. There's a video online about a little girl who lost a cat and then she enters a room and finds an adorable kitten. Her reaction gets me every time, especially when she looks up at her mother and pipes, "Can I keep him?"

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#YoungAdult #Children #Scifi #HorrorTHE LAZARUS TRICK: When Tommy discovers Mark's terrifying abilities, will he remain his friend or run?


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Growing up can be hard, especially when you have mixed feelings about a fellow sixth grader. Tommy Starr is drawn to Mark Harmon, but despite Mark's magnetic personality, he has a dark side as well. On Halloween, Mark displays terrifying telekinetic and other abilities that frighten Tommy and make him decide never to see Mark again.

His father also doesn't want Tommy to see Mark. Still, Tommy disobeys him, choosing to remain Mark's friend. Soon, events spiral out of control, building to a climactic event that changes Tommy forever.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Writing Life Newsletter #7

The Writing Life Newsletter #7 - Jan. 2019

John B. Rosenman, SciFi & Fantasy Writer - (Subscribe on my Website at

{I hope you are all doing well.  Here's my latest newsletter.  Please comment and let me know your opinions about it and anything.}


What's New

My children's / young adult novelette The Lazarus Trick placed 6th in Critters Annual Readers Poll for SciFi / Fantasy Short Fiction. It's a story about a boy with paranormal powers. I will give a free copy to three people (chosen by lot) who can tell me what Stephen King work partly inspired it. My e-mail is
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Are You Eating the Right Foods?

All of us writers and readers like to eat. Recently I read an article by Peter O. Blumberg called "40 Nutrition Experts Told Us The Foods You Should Be Eating Every Day". He gives us 40 different foods, some of which I'd never heard of. Here's a Baker's Dozen. How many have you eaten, and can you guess the one I hate? Is there any food you can't stand? (1) Avocados, (2) Tea, (3) Ginger, (4) Olives, (5) Brussels Sprouts, (6) Flaxseeds, (7) Walnut Pesto, (8) Apple Cider Vinegar, (9) Watermelon, (10) Sweet Potatoes, (11) Kale, (12) Wild Salmon, and (13) A vegetable that a recently deceased president hated.

The Turtan Trilogy

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Hey, Here's one of my Giphys!

This is one of my modest experiments. A Giphy or GIF is a looping video without sound. This Giphy is for the first three novels in my Inspector of the Cross series. Isn't it exciting? My hero is 4000 years old and he's dedicated his long, long life to saving us from aliens. What a guy! Just click on the GIPHY to purchase.


A PDF copy of How to Write Science Fiction or Speculative Fiction. (To subscribe, just follow the directions on my website at Website).

What is science fiction and how does it differ from fantasy? How do you write the stuff and how do you catch a reader's interest no matter what genre you're writing in?

See you next time! If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at or

Monday, December 31, 2018

Can Life Imitate Art?

Sometimes life imitates art, not the other way around. About eight years ago I became sick with a mysterious, life-threatening disease. My primary care physician ran all the tests in a vain attempt to diagnose it. In the meantime I wasted away and lost thirty pounds. I developed a mild psychosis and a hideous red rash over half my body. Finally my doctor told me he was stumped, and I asked him, "Could I have cancer?" In desperation, he referred me to a gastroenterologist and I finally received a most surprising diagnosis.

What do you know! About ten years earlier I wrote a story about a woman with a mysterious disease. The difference was that everybody hated and feared her for some unspecified reason while I was shuttled from specialist to specialist. "The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes" won Preditor's & Editor's #SciFi / #Fantasy Short Story of the Year. - Why does everybody fear and shun Rachel and what will ultimately happen to her?

The Blue of Her Hair, the Gold of Her Eyes

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Happy New Year to Everybody!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2018


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John B. Rosenman, SciFi & Fantasy Writer

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Hello, Friends, Here's What's New!


#Paranormal #Fantasy, just 99¢

- A Strange Romance in the South Pacific. Can two very different people find happiness? Published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing and Available at Amazon: (Bagonoun's Wonderful Songbird Kindle Edition) Also at Smashwords: (Searching for: Bagonoun's Wonderful Songbird)

#SciFi, 99¢

Suppose you could have yourself reborn at the age of seven so your childhood self could help you cope with crippling guilt for the death of your father -- would you do it? And would it be fair to the boy you once were, especially since he will live only one day? Published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing and Available at Amazon:
Childhood's Day Kindle Edition
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Book 1 of the Inspector of the Cross series just $2.99 - MuseItUp Publishing

#SciFi - The Galaxy is his backyard, and the Universe is his home.

Thanks to suspended animation, Turtan is over 3500 years old and travels on freeze ships to distant worlds. His mission is to investigate weapons to help humanity turn the tide against their ancient nemesis, the Cenknife. Vicious aliens, the Cenknife seek to conquer the universe and enslave humanity.

Kobo: Inspector of the Cross Inspector of the Cross, #1

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018


I'd like to ask a few questions:
1. Do miracles happen?  2. If so, are they always caused by God or have a supernatural origin? In other words, are there ever any everyday miracles that have natural or medical causes?  3. Have you personally ever experienced any miracles, and if so, of what kind?
These and other questions occurred to me after reading the article below. The link is provided at the end.

'Miracle' Boy, 13, Who Was Apparently Brain Dead Wakes After Parents Sign Organ Donation Papers

Trenton McKinley

Because of a dune buggy accident, McKinley was brain dead for days and his parents were about to donate his organs to five children.  He suffered multiple skull fractures as well as kidney failure “due to the lack of oxygen after his cardiac arrest,” according to the Facebook page. Fox 10 reported that he continues to suffer from nerve pain and seizures every day, but he’s keeping a positive attitude.
“I said I could turn sideways and put salsa in there and eat chips and dip out of my head,” he joked to Fox 10. “No more washing dishes for me!”
He’s had three brain surgeries and continues to make progress as he recovers at home. A video posted to Facebook showed McKinley sinking a basketball into a hoop at rehab last month, while another showed him taking a stroll with the help of a walker.
McKinley told Fox 10 that he feels he was in heaven while he was unconscious.
“I was in an open field walking straight,” he explained. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Please check out my interview on MuseItUp Publishing's blog. (Just scroll down.) It's at


Who are some of your favorite authors?          
Orson Scott Card, Octavia E. Butler, Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, Lee Child

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?          
I grew up when there was no TV and listened to The Shadow and similar programs on the radio in the dark.  They fired my imagination.  Then came books like Men of Iron and SF magazines. I can recall scribbling cartoon panels when I was really small, five or six or so.  I liked to make up stories.  Oh, yes – my father used to tell me bedtime stories in the dark about a boy and his adventures.

What 3 words describe you as a person?          
Neurotic, impractical, visionary

What 3 words describe you as a writer?         
Imaginative, spontaneous, painstaking

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?          
Tennis, reading, and watching movies, serials, and CNN

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?           
Perhaps it was Men of Iron, which my father gave me.  All those brave, heroic knights.  Now I write about brave, heroic knights in space.  (Interview continued on the site above.)

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Thursday, November 30, 2017


"Sometimes heroes come young."

Available for Pre-order, only $2.99! Cover by Charlotte Charlie Volnek - 

    I'm excited to be continuing my Inspector of the Cross science fiction-romantic adventure series. This is the first novel in the series in which I've focused on a girl, a young heroine in the making. Skyburst is a coming-of-age story; yet at the beginning, Sky Masterson is on the verge of death, suffering from cancer and other diseases. How can she possibly survive?

    In Defender of the Flame, Turtan arrived on First Station and organized a plan to defeat the aliens and save humanity. Skyburst looks at many of the same events from the standpoint of Sky, Turtan’s young protégé. In just a few years she grows into womanhood and meets momentous challenges which shape her character and test her courage and abilities. As the great mission to attack the enemy approaches, she constantly asks herself one question: Will she be ready to face the alien menace that threatens to destroy mankind?

Excerpt: The Invaders 

She’d known this day was coming. As Doc would say, it came with the territory. If she wanted to be an Inspector and do her part in the grand crusade, she could not do it alone. She must have company.

Lots and lots and lots of company.

She stood in a Head Banger (the cadets’ word for these rooms) and faced Tan. He stood two and a half meters away, brimming with the Radiants he would soon share with her. She smiled, eager and ready for their arrival. All the cadets she’d talked to had been positive about the experience, some even describing it as a mass party with loving, playful guests. They weren’t her, though. What would it feel like to have such creatures enter her brain and move about inside? If Carrie Flowers was right, it would be wonderful indeed.

And yet she felt a dollop of doubt, a touch of fear. The Radiants could be like the Cen in the Lauren mine, lurking and stealing through the dark tunnels and caves, waiting to pounce. A moment’s carelessness or miscalculation and you were dead.

Nonsense. Tragic as the two dead cadets and Elise’s case were, the cause for such accidents had been identified and the problem corrected. Since then, her fellow cadets had adapted well to this benign invasion. Some had actually flourished. Despite the rooms’ name, only a few had even experienced headaches or nausea. There were dozens of successes, one after the other, with several cadets now hosting over a hundred million Radiants. The program was rolling exponentially on, and Admiral Walker and everyone concerned was optimistic.

Only something still nagged at her. What if her case was different, and it went wrong? She thought of Elise lying broken in her hospital bed and wondered if she’d soon have a roommate.

No, silly. You’ll have your own room!

She smiled, and Tan took it for a signal. “Are you ready, Sky-

Someone sneezed then sneezed again. Kit/Yani and Carrie Flowers were present, along with Admiral Walker and some of his officers. Sky realized her relationship to Tan gave her a special status. However, the nearby presence of Dr. Wu and another physician indicated the potential risk. Above, the ravaged wasteland of Secuna watched as always, reminding her that invaders were seldom friendly. 

She licked her lips, her mouth dry. “I’m ready,” she said.

He raised a finger and pointed at his eyes. “We’ll start with five Radiants from each eye. If all goes well, and I assume it will, I will increase the number.”

“Understood,” she said, familiar with the procedure. 

“If at any time you feel distress or discomfort,” he said, “let us know at once, and the Radiants will withdraw. Shout if you have to.”



She waited. Seconds passed, stretching like one of her code instructor’s lectures.

And then the Radiants came toward her in shimmering silver trails. She started to stiffen and caught herself. Relax!

Relax? I’ve never even had sex before, and now I’m going to let God knows how many little beasts enter and rape my brain.

She knew such fears were ridiculous and it was common for cadets to have them. But she should be better than they since she’d shared more with Tan and seen firsthand how easily he hosted billions of Radiants. Hell, he’d even named the damned things and was confident there’d be no problems. If he himself believed the Radiants were safe, then there was nothing to worry about!

Only now she saw them coming directly at her, not some other cadet. This time, she wouldn’t be merely watching but would be on the receiving end.

As the Radiants entered her head, she made herself relax. Breathe out, breathe in.

At first, she felt nothing. Then she heard an inner chorus without sound. “Hello, Sky-Bird!”

She raised her hand, cupping a smile. “Hello!”

“Don’t speak,” Tan said. “Think!”

Tan’s Radiants seconded his advice. “Yes, Sky-Bird, think your responses. Carry on an inner conversation.”

She was mad at herself for forgetting. “Hi, my new friends,” she thought. “I’m glad you could come to my party.”

“Thanks for inviting us, Sky-Bird!” they replied in joy.

Sky-Bird. Suddenly everything was all right. She was not alone but realized she felt more complete than ever before. These Radiants were drenched in Tan’s flavor, in his love. It was almost like having him inside her.

Sky swung to Carrie and winked. “You were right, Carrie,” she thought. “You don’t become less, you become more.”

“Shall we continue?” Tan prompted.

Sky grinned. “I thought you’d never ask.”

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