John Selby Wait
Since writing a 500 page book in 7th grade, while avoiding both bullies and teachers, I have wanted to be a writer. Yet, while I was always voracious reader, I just never could find the time to devote to creative writing (I’ve always written professionally) … the need to pay bills kept getting in the way.
Then I experienced a life-changing (and darn near life-ending) event. I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and basically given about six months to live. As I was going through all the emotional drama, and unable to work, I started to write about my feelings – at the same time I was experiencing them. This stream-of-conscious proved to be very therapeutic (and later became my book, Mortal Musings). It also caused me to re-order my life priorities. One of those is to return to what I really love -- writing.
While I have not published any books yet, I have three completed works ready to go. Prime Directive: Earth, the science fiction I am submitting here; From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes, an autobiography of my father’s experiences growing up in rural Dust Bowl Kansas then becoming a fighter pilot in WWII; and Mortal Musings, a book about my experiences and thoughts while fighting terminal cancer.
For the past 25 years I have made my living as a golf course consultant, frequently writing extensive and detailed reports, which can reach over 500 pages, single-spaced. I have developed an outstanding reputation in the field, not just for my work, but for my writing and communication skills.
Before my consulting career, I was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses. And prior to venturing into the business world, I was at the University of Kansas, working on my PhD in Psychology where I had several professional articles published. Relevant to my writing is the fact that while at KU, I was the first to teach an accredited course in Parapsychology and was fortunate to take a SF course taught by James Gunn.
Awards and Recognition
- Rumor that Prime Directive: Earth was picked on the top 10 list by New York Mimes, but they aren't talking about it