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John Biggs
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I fell in love with Oklahoma when I came here looking for a job. It was nothing like the movies had led me to expect. The dust bowl was over (I hadn't heard). Cowboy hats were as popular as ever. Horses too, but people mostly rode around in cars or pickup trucks when they had serious traveling to... show more



I fell in love with Oklahoma when I came here looking for a job. It was nothing like the movies had led me to expect. The dust bowl was over (I hadn't heard). Cowboy hats were as popular as ever. Horses too, but people mostly rode around in cars or pickup trucks when they had serious traveling to do. Oklahoma had a large Lebanese population, and a pretty big group of Asians, mostly emigrated from Vietnam. There were Euro-Americans, and African Americans, and Native Americans and some special racial combinations I'd never heard of like Cherokee Freedmen and Black Seminoles. I knew I'd have to write about it sooner or later.I started off with a bad novel--about Oklahoma of course. You won't find it on Amazon because it never was published. An agent / editor read the first fifty pages and told me I should sharpen my skills with short fiction. That was pretty good advice. One of my stories, "Boy Witch" won the 80th annual Writer's Digest Competition. Another won third prize in the 2011 Lorian Hemingway short story contest, and another took top honors in the 2012 Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. annual conference. I had thirty five short stories published in one form or another (many in books for sale on Amazon) before I finally got a publisher interested in my first good novel, OWL DREAMS. Pen-L Publishing released that book on November 15, 2013. Everything I write is so full of Oklahoma that once you read it, you'll never get the red dirt stains washed out of your mind. The tribes play a significant role. No authentic discussion of the state is possible without them. Traditional Native American legends are reworked and set in the modern era, the way oral historians always intended. A few outrageous lies are worked into the plots because I can't help myself. Everyone I ever knew is in my stories and in OWL DREAMS, along with a few characters I've only imagined. They are mixed together in a large pot--panhandle included--cooked over a low heat and served up family style. Come and get it while it's hot.

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Yvette - Bookworlder
Yvette - Bookworlder rated it 4 years ago
Mytro is the story of Paul (known as Turtle), an 8th grade boy in New York who discovers a mysterious “train” station and meets a (temporarily) mysterious girl, Agata, whose parents have gone missing. It is an action-adventure/science fiction novel that leans toward fantasy, includes some fun with...
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Brenna M's Book Blog rated it 4 years ago
Mytro by John Biggs brings together Paul "Turtle" Fulton, a boy from New York City, and Agata, a girl from Barcelona, Spain. Paul stumbles on a secret subway system, by following 2 friends, and finds out that this secret subway can get you anywhere in the world in the matter of minutes. He is given ...
charmzaccio
charmzaccio rated it 4 years ago
Intensely vivid enjoyable read to take your mind to a fantastical place, where you ask? A secret subway, under ground train that runs under New York and around the world the world. A boy and girl from two different continent collide in this under ground train of fantasy, wonderful read for young a...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it 4 years ago
It looks like such a small book but it provides so much adventure, history, and drama within its pages. John’s great imagination shows through with this fantastic storyline with unique characters, realistic imagery and a fast-paced novel. Nate and Nick ride the Mytro every day but they don’t know th...
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