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John J. Siefring

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John J. Siefring is the author of the novels CALEB'S WINDOW and AN IMPORTANT DAY. His work has appeared in the literary journals Gravel and The Ravens Perch. Presently he is working on a collection of short stories entitled THE PARTICULARS. He lives in Manhattan and Long Island.

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Bronx, John has worn a number of career hats, including Wall Street, NYC cab driver, college professor, and clinical psychologist, receiving his doctoral degree from Fordham University. He has been in private clinical practice, specializing in the area of neuropsychology, and held positions on the adjunct faculty of Stony Brook University, Pace University, and Long Island University.

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John J. Siefring I've had some time to catch my breath since Caleb's Window launched. Short story writing was my first love, and I'm glad to say that I am presently…moreI've had some time to catch my breath since Caleb's Window launched. Short story writing was my first love, and I'm glad to say that I am presently focused on just that aspect of fiction. It's always good to come home!(less)
John J. Siefring I feel that the enemy of the writer's progress are these ghosts in the room; fear of failure, vulnerability to judgment of other folks, and getting…moreI feel that the enemy of the writer's progress are these ghosts in the room; fear of failure, vulnerability to judgment of other folks, and getting stuck on grammar and usage, to name a few. You cannot write effectively if they are screaming in your ear. You must find a way to keep them out of hearing range.
Also, I try not to simultaneously write and edit during the draft stage. It is impossible to create and edit at the same time. There will be time later to rewrite....and rewrite....and once again, rewrite.(less)
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I can still hear my deceased Irish grandmother speaking in a less than complimentary way about the British. Her most passionate speeches—and speeches they truly were—about the Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798, the Easter Rising, and the assassination of Michael Collins, were shortlisted, ready to be offered at the slightest provocation. Believe me, on a moment’s notice, she would tell anyone who’... Read more of this blog post »
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John and 2 other people liked Kathy's review of Caleb's Window:
Caleb's Window by John J. Siefring
"Caleb's Window is the second novel by John J. Siefring, author of An Important Day. I was so taken with An Important Day, that I've been waiting for Siefring's second offering. It does not disappoint!

Caleb's Window is a generational saga about you..." Read more of this review »
An Important Day by John J. Siefring
"This is such a touching story. Completely different to my usual genre, yet genuinely intriguing. This is a book that concerns every one of us because we have all, or we all will, deal with this sort of situation."
More of John's books…
“Never give anyone permission to hurt your feelings. Always face them by standing up for what is right and you will feel strong. If you do not stand strong, people will pity you, and then you lose something adults call dignity. Never accept pity. No one on earth is better than anyone else.”
John J. Siefring, An Important Day

“Charles, we should never stop pretending. Pretending can lead to wishing. Wishing then leads to hoping. Hoping then moves to dreaming. Dreaming can then lead to planning. If we are lucky, some plans come true.”
John J. Siefring, An Important Day

“It was as if some manual was handed out one day, a manual of instructions about complicated social situations. But I wasn't there the day they handed it out. The worst part was, nobody even told me it was distributed. It was like, they kept it secret from me.”
John J. Siefring, An Important Day

“We read to know we're not alone.”
William Nicholson, Shadowlands

“It’s perhaps best we don’t always know that we have approached a space and time when what we say or do is so crucial as to possibly determine the direction another life will take.”
John J. Siefring, Caleb's Window

“We are all the same. The sun shines its light on big and small, rich or poor, most especially, the kind.”
John J. Siefring, Caleb's Window




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