“John Shore is one of those rare writers who can make people laugh and think at the same time. He’s one of the most talented, funny, and deeply thoughtful writers I know. He’s a sincere pleasure to read.”— Richard Louv, author of the international bestseller, Last Child in the Woods, and Fly Fishing for Sharks.
John Shore is a remarkably gifted writer who knows exactly what he is doing.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Twelve Times Blessed and The Breakdown Lane.
“John Shore, the legitimate son of Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Barry, writes with a freaky energy and humor and imagination that illuminate his characters’ and readers’ hearts. He’s the real thing.”— Richard Lederer, author of more than thirty books on the English language, including the bestselling Anguished English series and A Man of My Words.
“Shore is a humorist whose work is more comedic than Donald Miller, and his appeal to Christians is more direct.”—Michael Spencer, a.k.a. The Internet Monk
Hi. My name’s John. I write for a living. Which is better than having a real job, and no two ways about it. Which isn’t even a complete sentence. Which gives you an idea of the standards for becoming an Actual Writer. Whoo-hoo!
In the world of secular/mainstream books, I’m represented by the renowned Deborah Schneider, of Gelfman Schneider. (How and/or why Deborah agreed to represent me is something I make sure to never, ever wonder aloud.) My agent to the world of the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) is Greg Johnson, of Wordserve Literary Group.
My first book, published in 2005 by Seabury Books, was/is Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do The Things I Do (by God, as told to John Shore). This book is my best shot at once and for all proving to non-Christians that just because someone is a Christian doesn’t mean they’re insane and/or incapable of rational thought. You can read more about Penguins here. A German edition of Penguins came out in late 2007; a Korean edition is in the offing. Or off the iffing. Or … something good, anyway.
My second book, which I co-wrote with Famous Grammarian guy Richard Lederer (author of the bestselling Anguished English series, among others) is Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). First it came out in hardback; then we did a second printing in hardback (whoo-hoo!), then it came out in paperback (whoo!). You can read more about Comma Sense here.
You can read here about my third book, I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers, and Why We Should Stop (NavPress, 2007).
With Steve Arterburn (author of the Every Man series), I’ve also co-authored three books: Midlife Manual for Men (Bethany House, 2008), Being Christian (Bethany House, 2008), and Regret Free Living (Bethany House, 2008).
Before I started writing books, I worked as an editor and/or writer for (among others) San Diego Magazine, The San Diego Union-Tribune (I was the “nightlife” and music editor [and so one of two primary writers] for the U-T’s website, SignOn San Diego), The San Diego Reader (the third largest alternative weekly newspaper in America), and San Diego’s KPBS (one of the largest public broadcasting companies in the country; I was managing editor of their in-house magazine, On Air). I was founding editor of D-Town 92101, a weekly tabloid newspaper covering downtown San Diego, and of Downtown, a glossy magazine covering the same. I have written extensively for websites E!Online, Microsoft’s San Diego Sidewalk, and AOL’s Digital City San Diego. I’ve also published fifteen short stories in little literary magazines all over the country—including the front story in Central Park, a New York literary magazine then edited by Eve Ensler.
Before all that I worked as (among other things): a recreation leader, door-to-door encyclopedia salesman (I never sold one set), shoe salesman (good at selling shoes that people already wanted; awful at selling job-securing purses and socks I was supposed to inspire them to want), pizza “chef,” 7-11 clerk (graveyard shift at the most-robbed 7-11 in northern California!), shipper-and-receiver, Taco Bell miscreant, nanny (for the Rothschild family!), Macy’s stock boy, truck-loading Teamster, janitor, bookstore clerk, data input drone, Trader Joe’s “shipmate,” Jiffy Lube monkey, law office flunky, and church relations manager for a Rescue Mission.
I grew up—well, I got older—in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Cupertino, California, which when I was a kid was mostly orchards and tract homes, but later became the very heart of Silicon Valley. Talk about your little town disappearing.
I have been married 30 years to a woman who gives whole new meaning to the word “patient.” Catherine is by far and away the smartest, kindest, funniest, wisest person I’ve ever met. About 100 times a day she basically freaks me out with her Giant Brain and her infinite capacity for immediate, absolute love.