Author has written 74 stories for Harry Potter, Starblazers, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Jericho, Godzilla, Speed Racer, NCIS, Justice League, Robotech/Macross, Power Rangers, Watchmen, Airwolf, Misc. Tv Shows, Chronicles of Narnia, Gamera, War of the Worlds, Spider-Man, Avengers, Transformers/Beast Wars, Top Gun, and X-Men: The Movie.
Full Name: John J. Rust
Avatar: This is the cover to my science fiction novel "Dark Wings."
*PUBLISHING NEWS: My military sci-fi book is out! "Dark Wings" is the story of an otherworldly race that resembles Mothman and the Jersey Devil invading Earth. You can check it out atfor the paperback. The e-book is at .
FFN reader BigFriendlyGun9000 has read "Dark Wings" and gave it an 8 out of 10!
Review for "Dark Wings."
"This is an adventure story with good characters and action. It is worth the read of a new author." -- The Nameless Zine by Western Science Fiction Assoc.
Check out the interview Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews did with me on my book "Dark Wings" at.
CHECK OUT MY BLOGS: On being a sadistic writer:.
On whether or not I believe in legendary monsters like Mothman and the Jersey Devil..
On the benefits of writing fan fiction:.
*ALERT TO ANY ARTISTS OUT THERE* Now that FFnet has the image manager to come up with "covers" for your stories, I would love to take advantage of it. Trouble is, I have no artistc talent whatsoever. If anyone who reads my stories feels inspired to create a cover for one or more of them, please PM me about it. Thanks.
Writing Credits: Short story "The Art Of Fear" published in the anthology "Halloween Dances With The Dead" (Whortleberry Press); Short story "The Last Soldier" published in the anthology "What If: A Collection of Short Science Fiction Stories" (ReadMe Publishing); Short Story "Heroes Don't Die," published in Issue 12 of the online magazine "A Thousand Faces." Short story "Big City Dreams" published in "Jake's Monthly - Slipstream Anthology" at. "Hell and Fury" published in "Strange Lucky Valentines" (Whortleberry Press); Self-published sci-fi novel "Epsilon" (Xlibris Corporation); Magazine article "He Loaded His Killer's Shotgun" in True Detective Cases; Magazine article "Lighthouse of the Revolution" in Lighthouse Digest.
Favorite TV Shows: 24, Supernatural, Dr. Who, Jericho, The 4400, Law & Order: SVU, Babylon 5, South Park, Mind of Mencia, The Shield, Heroes, That 70s Show, Ghost Hunters, Robot Chicken, Sons of Anarchy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fringe, Deadliest Warrior, NCIS, A Haunting, Monster Quest, Lost Tapes, Bones, Destination Truth, Human Target, Flashpoint, Baseball Tonight, How I Met Your Mother; Bar Rescue; Last Resort
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, X-Men, Spiderman, Die Hard, The Quiet Man, Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans, Terminator 2, Star Trek: First Contact, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Star Wars (The original 3 movies), Independence Day, American Pie, Major League, The Ring, Them, The Abyss, Speed, Rio Bravo, Blazing Saddles, School of Rock, Bull Durham, The Waterboy, Animal House, Airplane, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Con Air, Watchmen, Star Trek (2009), The Hangover, Slapshot, Fail Safe; Battle Los Angeles, Thor, Super 8; Captain America, Paranormal Activity, The Avengers
Favorite Anime/Cartoons: Star Blazers, Robotech, Justice League, Kids Next Door, Venture Brothers, War Planets, Dexter's Laboratory, Exo-Squad, Escaflowne, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Gargoyles, Penguins of Madagascar, The Mysterious City of Gold, Speed Racer (The original)
Favorite Authors: Tom Clancy, Harry Turtledove, Clive Cussler, JK Rowling, Jack DuBrul, Dale Brown, John Birmingham, Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Janet Evanovich
Favorite Books: Clear & Present Danger (Tom Clancy), Worldwar series (Harry Turtledove), Sahara (Clive Cussler), Harry Potter series (JK Rowling), Axis of Time series (John Birmingham), Fatal Terrain (Dale Brown), Deep Fire Rising (Jack DuBrul), The Hunt For Red October (Tom Clancy), The Enemy Within (Larry Bond), Without Remorse (Tom Clancy), The Art of War (Sun Tzu), Summer of '49 (David Halberstam), The Alien Years (Robert Silverberg), Watch on the Rhine (John Ringo), Transfer of Power (Vince Flynn), The Dig (Alan Dean Foster), The Guns of the South (Harry Turtledove), Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card), Cauldron (Larry Bond), How Few Remain (Harry Turtledove), Freedom's Rangers series, Dangerous Ground (Larry Bond), The Best Game Ever (Mark Bowden); "Every Man A Tiger" (Tom Clancy w/Chuck Horner); "Destroyermen: Into The Storm (Taylor Anderson); Impact (Douglas Preston), "Gone Tomorrow" (Lee Child)
Favorite Musicians: Led Zeppelin, Rush, Heart, Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Evanescence, Dropkick Murphys, Iced Earth, Within Temptation, AC/DC, Bob Seger, Motorhead, Queensryche, Creed, CCR, Moody Blues, Dokken, Pat Benatar, Nikoli Rimsky-Korsakov, Antonin Dvorak, Ed Van Fleet, Secret Garden, Bond, Celtic Woman, The Tossers, Epica, Sirenia, Arkona, After Forever, Arch Enemy, Visions of Atlantis, Skillet, Lacuna Coil, Voyager, Xandria
Hobbies: Exercising, collecting T-shirts & ballcaps, watching sports, studying history
Favorite Sports: Baseball, Football (American), Hockey
Favorite Teams: (Baseball) Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox; (Football) Philadelphia Eagles; (Hockey) New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers
"Harry Potter" Original Character Details: Since I have quite a few Harry Potter stories involving a recurring OC, I figure I'd post some general information about him.
Name: Jimmy O'Bannon
Country of Origin: USA
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Blood Status: Muggle-born
Schools Attended: Salem Witches Institute (USA); Hogwarts School For Wizarding and Witchcraft (England. Studied there for one year during "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire")
Best Friends: From Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley; From Salem, Rosa Infante, Jared Diaz, Artimus Rand
Other Personal Info: Jimmy is a huge fan of Muggle sports, his favorite being hockey. His favorite teams are the Boston Bruins (hockey), the Boston Red Sox (baseball) and the New England Patriots (football). Jimmy is also a very talented hockey player. By the time he was 15 he was an alternate captain of his club hockey team at Salem, which had won the school's championship two of the previous three years. He also formed a hockey team during his year at Hogwarts which played Slytherin (chronicled in the story "Jimmy O'Bannon: The Adventure Begins").
Fanfic Appearances (In chronological order):
"Fear Itself" (13-year-old Jimmy O'Bannon's encounter with a Boggart has left him the laughing stock of the Salem Witches Institute. But will he learn a valuable lesson about fear?)
"Jimmy O'Bannon: The Adventure Begins" 15-Year-Old Jimmy O'Bannon gets to study for a year at Hogwarts. Along the way, he forms a hockey team, falls for a beautiful French witch, witnesses first hand the Tri-Wizard Tournament . . . and the return of history's most powerful dark wizard.
"A Perilous Pass" (Jimmy learns the perils of living on the same floor as Fred & George, especially when they're testing out new joke products)
"The Luna Effect" (After a series of encounters with Luna Lovegood, Jimmy is forced to confront a shameful experience from his past)
"Cold Laughter" (Jimmy, Fred & George pull a prank on Hermione)
"Cartoon Chaos" (Harry Potter/Anamaniacs crossover. Jimmy is not the main character, but is featured in a couple scenes)
"Air Of Disharmony" (Jimmy returns to the Salem Witches Institute. Along with trying to convince Americans of Voldemort's return, he must also deal with two unwanted exchange students. And why are the Salem students at one another's throats?)
"Dark Horizon" (Jimmy & his best friends from Salem must warn the Order of the Phoenix of an impending invasion by American Death Eaters)
"Midnight's Blood" (Jimmy and his friends return to England to help Harry and company track down a pack of legendary creatures)
"In The Grip Of Darkness" (Deals with Jimmy and his friends during the events of Book 7 and beyond)
"In The Grip Of Darkness II": (More post-war happenings with Jimmy and company)
"Luna's Fenway Day" (watch what happens when Jimmy invites Luna Lovegood to take in a Red Sox/Yankees baseball game)
"The Cup" Jimmy O'Bannon's reaction to the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.
This is just curiousity on my part. Will someone explain to me the reasoning behind Draco/Hermione romance fics and Harry/Draco slash fics. I honest to God do not get it. Oh yeah, same thing with Hermione/Snape fics. C'mon, serious? And don't get me started on Harry/Snape. Who the hell read the books and watched the movies and thought to themselves, "Hey. Those two would make a great couple." And who the hell first thought of Harry/Voldemort. For God's sake, come on. Suspension of disbelief only goes so far. Now Harry and Tonks I have no problem with, since younger guy/older woman can rule.
Tips For Writing:I am not a NY Times best-selling author nor do I claim to be the foremost expert on the art of writing. These are just some things I have learned after years of writing maunscripts and magazine articles, attending writers workshops and being part of writers groups, and they have helped me. I figure if you have knowledge, it's good to share it with others.
These are some things I picked up at a workshop run by David Morrell, the author of "First Blood" and "Creepers." The difference between "writers and civilians" is writers are aware. We are always aware of our surroundings, of the people we deal with, of stories we see in the news or in magazines. This is how we get our inspiration. Tom Clancy came up with "The Hunt For Red October" because he saw a news story about a mutiny aboard a Russian merchant ship and took it a step further by asking, "What if the same thing happened on a Soviet missile submarine?"
Daydreaming is good. Again, this helps us come up with stories. We can be at sporting events, the circus, parties, etc, look at people, and make up stories about them in our heads, or create whole new characters around them. Example, when I was at the Ringling Brothers Circus recently, while I was marveling at the performers, I was also thinking, "How did they get involved in the circus? What is their family life like? What if a character from one of my stories had to do something at a circus and got involved with this performer?"
This from an Alan Dean Foster workshop . . . If you write at least one page a day every day, by the end of the year you will have a novel.
Come up with characters you'd like to meet. When I worked at a radio station in New Jersey, we had a receptionist who was part Filipino, part Blackfoot Indian and Jewish. Now is that a combination or what?
Now some other stuff I've picked up in my writing life.
Always carve out time in your day for writing. You should at least be able to find one hour a day for writing.
Always, always, always proofread your stories before submission. Correct any spelling and grammatical mistakes. Most computers will have spellchecks or grammar checks. Use them.
On this site, summaries are VERY important. This is the way you introduce people to your story. This is your hook to catch their attention and make them want to read. At best, you have two or three sentences to convey the plot of your story. Stick to the point, and make that point sound interesting. Reading the back of book covers might give you some ideas on how to develop your own summary. Also, proofread your summary before posting it. If a summary has too many spelling and grammar errors, then many people will assume your entire story is littered with them and won't be inclined to read. And NEVER, EVER write "I suck at summaries." I avoid stories that have that phrase. My feeling is if you say your summary sucks, how can I be sure the story is good? You want to encourage people to read your story, not drive them away.
Don't get discouraged by negative reviews. Remember, not everyone will like your stories.
If you're writing original stuff and trying to get it published, be prepared to receive a lot of rejection letters. Again, don't get discouraged. Tom Clancy and JK Rowling were rejected by just about everyone in the world and look how things turned out for them.
For writing habits, do what works best for you. I have music on in the background when I'm working. Some people may prefer to work in quiet surroundings. Some people like to write an outline of their stories, others have it in their heads, sit down and start writing the story. Some people like to work at a desk, others may take their laptop, sit under a tree and write. There is no right or wrong here. Do what works best for you.
Putting your own life experiences into your stories is always good. In my fanfic "Dreamgirl," many of the emotions Dean Thomas experiences when he's pining for Ginny Weasley are based on similar situations I've been through in my life. Not only can it help bring your stories to life, it can sometimes be theraputic.
Plot is easy. What drives the story is characters. If you don't have interesting characters the reader can care about, your story will go nowhere.
Never make things easy for your characters. As much as you may love your characters, don't be afraid to throw tons and tons of crap on them. Without conflict, you have no story.
Become the character you are writing. When you are typing away, you become Harry Potter or Hermione Granger or Jack Sparrow or Jack Bauer or Spiderman or Wolverine. You can no longer think "what would I do" or "what would I say" in this situation. It's "How would (your character) deal with this?" "What would he/she say?" "How would they say it?" Always be aware of the personalities and mannerisms of whatever character you are writing for. Harry Potter wouldn't call someone "Dude," and Jack Bauer wouldn't high five his fellow CTU operatives after a successful mission.
Here's some more stuff on character development I picked up at a Writer's Seminar. This comes from Susan Lang, author of the books "Small Rocks Rising" and "Moon Lily."
When creating a character, here are some things to consider to make them a more well-rounded person:
What does your character care most about? What does he/she most want?
Who does your character care most about? Who is your character close to?
Who or what has been the major influences in your character's life?
What specifically does your character have in his/her pockets or purse?
What drives your character?
When your character sits alone, what does he/she fantasize about?
What was the most traumatic experience in your character's life?
What is your character most afraid of?
Who has hurt your character? Who has your character hurt?
How much does your character know about his or herself and what drives him/her?
What kinds of things is your character aware about him/herself? What things is he/she not aware of?
How do other people see your character?
Have your character have a "shadow." Something that doesn't make them 100 nice or likeable (therefore avoiding the Gary Stu/Mary Sue trap). Have their greatest strength become a weakness, something that rubs people the wrong way. Example, Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series) is highly intelligent, but showing off that intelligence alienates many aroud her.
Do a genealogy of your character (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc) and maybe do a bio of them.
There are also many ways you can reveal your character's thoughts, emotions and state of mind to the readers.
Actions (slamming a door, clenching his/her fists)
Habits (rolling a pen between his/her fingers, drumming their fingers on a table)
Attitude or actions toward other people and/or life in general
Reactions to events
Things the character notices around him/her
What the character wears, carries, reads, etc.
Stories need conflict in order to work. This does not necessarily mean a physical fight. Conflict comes in many forms. Disagreements with family members/friends/significant others. Sporting events. Trying to pass a test. Trying to escape a disaster. Trying to overcome shyness and ask a girl/guy on a date. Pulling a prank on someone. Conflict with one's self, like dealing with a tragedy. The example I like to use of what happens when a story has no conflict, think of "Jurassic Park." How enjoyable would the book or movie be if they went to the island, drove around, saw dinosaurs and everything in the park worked fine and no dinosaurs escaped to threaten the park goers and staff. You guessed it. It would be one very boring story.
Research is always a good idea. If your story takes place in Philadelphia or London or Canberra or Tel Aviv, check and see what those cities are like. If you write about a character exploring the desert outside Flagstaff, Arizona, the people from there will jump all over you. Arizona is not one big desert. Flagstaff, actually, is surrounded by pine forests, not cacti. Also, and this is mainly for action/adventure writers, always do research when dealing with weapons and other equipment. And DON'T rely on TV and movies, because 9 times out of ten they get it wrong. Example, cars DO NOT explode when they crash. Police and firefighters will tell you that only 1-2 percent of motor vehicle accidents result in fire. Note, I said fire, not massive explosion. Also, you CANNOT blow up a vehicle by shooting at the gas tank. Going back to David Morrell, he actually spent a few days at a security course where they pumped a couple hundred rounds into the gas tank of a car and it did not blow up. Another one, hand grenades DO NOT explode like bombs. They only pack about a pound of explosives. Their deadliness comes from the shrapnel they put out, not the explosion.
This is is mainly for teens. IGNORE PEER PRESSURE!! If people are making fun of you for writing stories, IGNORE THEM!! If you enjoy writing, do it! Do not let the stupid crap that takes place during a seven year period of your life (combining middle and high school) influence what happens for the rest of it. So some of your fellow students may not think writing fiction stories is cool or normal. We are writers and we walk a different path from most folks, and that's cool! If you need more assurence, listen to the Rush songs "Subdivisions" and "Tom Sawyer," two songs that epitimize the virtues of being an individual and not giving in to conformity. It's also the basis of my fanfic "The Misfit So Alone."
Want to improve your writing? Form a writers critique group. Share your stories with people who you know will give you honest advice (not simply "This is great" or "This sucks"). Get with people who can tell you if something works in your story or if it doesn't. And also another pair of eyes is great for picking up spelling and grammatical errors. I can tell you I have read over my own stuff 20 times, then I give it to someone else and they pick up a mistake I somehow missed.
Sometimes it helps to read your stories aloud. What sounds good when you read it silently may not sound good when you hear it with your own ear. This is especially true of dialogue.
When you have writers block, don't sit at your computer trying to work through it. Turn off the computer and leave. Take a walk (not only can it help you come up with ideas, but 20-30 minutes of hoofing it is good exercise).
Let people know about the stories you have written. Don't just post something and sit back and hope people read it. And always be polite. Hard sells turn most people off. A simple, "Hey, here's a story of mine you might be interested in, hope you can check it out" works better.
"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the do-ers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. He is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes because the biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things." -- General David M. Shoup, 22nd Commandant, US Marine Corps. This is also posted in the UNLV Football locker room.
Hope this has helped.
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