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John W. Buckley

Fight Off Your Demons! - Part I, fiction, Issue 37, December 15, 2016

Fight Off Your Demons! - Part II, fiction, Issue 38, March 15, 2017

John W. Buckley can’t seem to stop writing about California despite having not lived there almost ten years. He can currently be found one state over in his native Arizona, where he teaches composition and literature to community college students and edits technical documents at his “day job.” His work has previously appeared in the Menda City Review, the Los Angeles Review of Los AngelesSpark, and Bartleby Snopes. Visit him at

Get to know John...

Birthday? July 14, 1983
When did you start writing? The first piece of fiction that I was proud of was something I wrote as a high school senior. I started writing seriously as a college freshman at Arizona State University. That was about 15 years ago now.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published story, "Girl in the Mirror," appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of the Menda City Press.
What themes do you like to write about? Small acts of rebellion, the intersection of the real and the unreal, Los Angeles, slightly strange women, nighttime. Often all in one story, and more often than not with a diegetic soundtrack.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? My favorite writers have always been able to combine the magical and the mundane -- Murakami, Gaiman, Atwood, Lethem. (And Rowling, duh.) Their characters, like mine, aren't usually great heroes or exceptional beings -- they're recognizably human, even if they get caught up in something extraordinary (and they often do). Stylistically, my idols are Boyle, Gibson, and McEwan.

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