My father had the wanderlust and moved us up and down the American East Coast, to Sweden and England, and back and forth in between. We lived in some unusual dwellings; the miller's house at an old gristmill, a barn, an Olympic gold medalist's home on the Isle of Lidingö in the Stockholm Archipelago, an English manor in Kent, and an old Pennsylvania fieldstone house that George Washington used as an infirmary. I became phobic from changing schools every year and a half and didn't complete college. I'm mostly self-taught. After working in the biomedical field for a few years, I applied for a top secret clearance to work as a customer engineer in a facility that designed spy satellites. The background check must have driven them crazy. I had moved seventeen times. Somehow I got the clearance and the position. Place is an important component of my writing, whether that world no longer exists, or may come into existence in the future.
When I had a family of my own, I wanted to tone the moving thing down. We moved from Bucks County Pennsylvania to Richmond Virginia in 1996 where we have since remained. Richmond has a vibrant art community that enabled me to pursue my literary interests without the usual credentials. It was a good move.
I still have a few books left in me. Currently I’m eight chapters in on a speculative fiction novel with a working title of SPLICE: The Immortality of Jared Hallie. A biohacker with an inherited learning disability reinvents the future. His gene editing discoveries defeat death and suffering, but he must escape prosecution from practicing medicine without a license by starting a new country in the Scottish Hebrides. After engineering an immortality serum, he is forced to confront an unanswered question 400 years later: does physical immortality prevent eternal life? --JTB
My short story, Breaking Them with Words, appeared in Scarlet Leaf Review and Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. A memoir, Valium Dream, was a runner up in Streetlight Magazine's Memoir/Essay Contest 2021. I've contributed to Lingering in the Margins: A River City Poets Anthology, North of Oxford, and Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (Poetry, Healing, & Growth Book Series by University Professors Press). Some poems and hybrid work have appeared in New Verse News, Rattlecast, Copperfield Review Quarterly, Wild Roof Journal, and other publications.
Saint Elmo's Light: Collected Stories of J. Thomas Brown
Driving With Poppi: A Patremoir (novelette)
Mooncalf, a collection of poems
Land of Three Houses (historical fiction novel)
The Hole in the Bone (historical fantasy novel)
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