Date of Birth:
March 4, 1969
Place of Birth:
Des Moines, Iowa
B.A. in English, Colorado College, 1991
“Book of the Year,” ForeWord magazine, 2004
John Shors's official web site
|A Dazzling Debut|
|Beneath a Marble Sky|
In Beneath a Marble Sky, readers enter a realm rife with contrasts, where love turns into betrayal, where war collides with beauty, where the visions of a commoner inspire the dreams of a princess. Richly authentic, superbly written, this extraordinary work of historical fiction immerses the reader in ancient India's finest and darkest days.
|Getting into the Groove|
|"When I am in such a groove, I type as fast as I can, not caring if words are spelled properly or if everything makes perfect sense," Shors shares in our interview. "As I type, the outside world simply disappears. I don’t think about what might be happening over the weekend or bills that need to be paid or house projects with my name on them. I’m simply consumed with writing as much as possible during this rare moment of clarity."|
"I think this is a brilliant novel, one that is defined by a remarkable cast of characters," says Shors when naming Lonesome Dove as an all-time favorite read. "This is one of the funniest novels I’ve read, and definitely transported me to the Wild West."
|The Pillars of the Earth|
"I think this is Follet’s best book," Shors observes of another best-loved book, The Pillars of the Earth. "I love its pace, its heroes and villains, [and] its ability to take me somewhere new." Read our interview to hear more about Shors' favorite writers and reads, including: