About J.B. Reynolds
I’m J.B. Reynolds, writer of humorous short fiction in which tragedy meets comedy and character reigns supreme. I love reading and always dreamed of writing my own books. My first short story, The Art of Cigarette Smoking, was published when I was a student at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. After that, I spent years continuing to dream of writing while I travelled and worked various jobs in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, before returning to my home town of Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand, to raise children and chickens.
I graduated from the University of Otago in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Design. I returned to studying in 2011 when a back injury and the global financial crisis cut my landscaping career short. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Auckland with a diploma in secondary teaching and began my teaching career in a small town high-school, where I currently teach Media Studies, Digital Technology, and English.
In January of 2016, I finally began work on turning my writing dream into a reality. I had an idea for a novel, but with young children and a demanding job, I decided the only way I was ever going to get time to write seriously was if I got up at 5.00am and wrote for an hour or so while the family were still asleep, before I left for work.
I placed my phone on the dresser rather than the bedside table. That way, when my alarm went off at 5.00am, I would have to get up out of bed to turn it off. It seemed such a simple thing, but it made all the difference. Before, I always, always hit “Snooze”. Now I don’t. Once I’m out of bed, it’s only a short stumble down the hall to the kitchen and the coffee plunger.
In March of 2016, I was inspired to self-publish some short stories on Amazon. I put my novel on the backburner and began working on my Crossing The Divide short story series. Book 1, The Golden Cockroach, Book 2, Riding Shotgun, and Book 3, Square Pegs, are available at all the major ebook stores.
My reading tastes tend towards humor, sci-fi and fantasy, and my favourite authors include Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Paul Auster.
I’m married and live in the country with my wife, our children and our chickens. We have a large garden, and we love to eat the things that grow in it (or at least we love to eat what the chickens don’t eat first). On the rare occasions I get a chance to relax, I like to go sailing and cycling (but not simultaneously). I also enjoy playing music, both on the stereo and on my guitar. Sometimes, I’m even allowed to.
That’s enough about me, at least for now. Thanks for visiting. I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any questions or comments, or if you just want to say hello, you can use the links below to connect with me.
22 May 2017
I was interviewed by writer, D de Carvalho. Read the interview here.
15 April 2017
I was interviewed by writer and blogger, MD Neu. Read the interview here.
31 March 2017
I was interviewed by author, Trin Carl, who hails from Minnesota, USA. Read the interview here.