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Justin McFarr

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Justin McFarr’s debut novel, The Bear Who Broke the World, was released by Wheeler Street Press in 2017. His book of short stories, Controlled Chaos, came out in April, 2019.

Justin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 70's and 80's as a latchkey kid, and is a proud graduate of both UCLA and the MPW program at USC. He has attended the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and online journals.

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Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my novel, I really appreciate you taking the time to not only read "Bear" but to share your thoug…more
Paige,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my novel, I really appreciate you taking the time to not only read "Bear" but to share your thoughts about it.

Unfortunately, because Wheeler Street Press - the publishing "house" that I started and use for selling the books I write under my real name, and under the pseudonym of 'Reeve Armstrong' (two books for younger readers, as of now) - is not a big operation, getting distribution with Barnes & Noble, libraries, and independent bookstores is difficult and very cost-prohibitive. So, my main area of sales come from Amazon and from any personal appearances I make on behalf of the books. I wish the book was widely available (especially in libraries!), but I just haven't found a way to do it without investing a great deal of money into a distribution house and publicity people to promote the book to the bookstores.

Again, I really value your feedback and interest in the novel - it means a lot to me that my book had such a positive effect on you. That's all I can really ask as an author, is that people connect to my characters and my stories. To be read, and have the work appreciated and complimented, is such a thrill for me.

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Controlled Chaos: Stories arrives!

The CHAOS has arrived! My new book of 15 short stories is now available as a Trade Paperback or Kindle version. I hope you'll check out the first story, "An 8-Pound Ball," for free on the "Look Inside" feature on the Kindle edition. Thanks!



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“When you're ten, the worst ideas in the world can somehow seem like the greatest ideas ever imagined. That's why my friends and I jumped off roofs and swung bats at wasps' nests and shoved our penises into thin-necked soda bottles. Not because any of those decisions were particularly smart, but because we could.”
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“Actually we did not have the feelings we said we had until we spoke them--at least I didn't; to phrase them was to invent them and own them.”
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“I know what you are learning to endure. There is nothing to be done. Make sure nothing is wasted. Take notes. Remember it all, every insult, every tear. Tattoo it on the inside of your mind. In life, knowledge of poisons is essential. I've told you, nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.”
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Ed Thanks for the friend add, Justin. Yes, I'm working my way through LA Confidential right now and finished The Black Dahlia a bit back. I think I'll read The Big Nowhere next. Anyway, best for your writing projects and have a great Sunday.

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Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend Justin. It is indeed good to meet other writers. =)

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