Justin McFarr

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Justin McFarr’s debut novel, The Bear Who Broke the World, was released by Wheeler Street Press on August 1, 2017.

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, and will be collected in the forthcoming Controlled Chaos: Stories from Wheeler Street Press.

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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…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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For those of who live in the East Bay, the Bay Area Book Festival is this weekend in Berkeley. This will be my first year at the Fest, and I can't wait! I'll be in the Free section of the event, as an Exhibitor with my novel "The Bear Who Broke the World," which takes place in Berkeley during the summer of 1976.

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Shall I compare thee... (Take 2) (Poetry)
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Description: My own personal bastardization of the bard's "Sonnet 18" -- forgive me.
Shall I compare thee... (Take 1) (Poetry)
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Description: My own personal bastardization of the bard's "Sonnet 18" -- forgive me.
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Description: A critical essay examining Ernest Hemingway's novel, "The Sun Also Rises"
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Description: A critical essay examining the tragic protagonist in Mark Twain's novel
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Description: A critical essay examining the parallel paths of Edith Wharton's novel and Matthew Arnold's treatise
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Justin McFarr, thank you for taking me back to my childhood with the children you introduce to us in 'The Bear Who Broke The World'. I also had a younger friend, Mikie, when I was 12 or so. We experienced several of the sa..." Read more of this review »
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“He lifted the whiskey to his lips. It was the same russet color as the benches, creating an illusion of Ken drinking liquid wood.”
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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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“There's a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours - days, if I 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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