Then there are the ones who've led incredibly interesting lives but when it comes to capturing that on paper, they fall flat.
Or else, they tell wonderful stories. In person. Only their books bore you to tears.
But sometimes it all comes together. A fascinating guy with a great knack for storytelling. Like JP Bloch. Here's a little more:
JP Bloch has a PhD but hopes people won’t hold it against him. His last name is pronounced “Block,” not “Blotch,” but he’s gotten used to it. He has been called far worse. He has lived all over the country, and so far the feds have not busted him. He finally settled in Connecticut, where he is an indentured servant to his dog. JP writes on his king-size bed with the fan on. His hobbies include eating cashews while watching TV and overdosing on film noir favorites.
Doc Bloch, as he affectionately calls himself, teaches criminology, gender, and other things. He has appeared on TV and radio numerous times. Having grown up in different households, he became interested at a young age in the fragility of self-identity. On his own since age 15, he also developed a lifelong interest in finding food and shelter. Thus he hopes you will buy this book. He has discarded many identities himself over the years before sticking with chocolate mint chip. JP is also a victim of identity theft, which is ironic since he has no money.
He enjoys people who have gained wisdom from hardship, and ask questions more than they assume answers. His turn-offs include Brussels sprouts, bigotry, and people who think life is simple.
Besides novels, he writes poetry, non-fiction and scholarly articles. JP’s paintings have been hailed as naïve folk art. Tumultuous skies are preferred over sunny ones.
His new book, Identity Thief, a psychological thriller, will be out in September. It will be available for pre-order on Kindle in the next week. Stay tuned for more information.
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