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John Shors’ novel Beside a Burning Sea is our topic for this interview.

John Shors lived for several years in Kyoto, Japan, where he taught English after graduating from Colorado College.  He later trekked across Asia on a shoestring budget, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. He became a newspaper reporter after returning to his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa. During that time, he won several statewide awards in journalism.  Later, John helped to launch GroundFloor Media, which has become one of Colorado’s largest public relations firms.

Now, John is a full time novelist, which is the fulfillment of a life-long dream.  He spends his days writing and going on family outings.  Beside a Burning Sea is his second novel.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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