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Gary Dorion

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I live in Thailand with my wife, Uraiwan, three dogs, and granddaughter, Smile, 21 months, in Issan Province where I am writing new books after a marathon 2017-18 when I completed my trilogy and other works.
Currently, I am writing American Jihadists, and there are 30 chapters published to Wattpad (free read) so far: The book is available on Smashwords as a pre-order
I retired from teaching in 2013 after 13 years in NYC high schools. In 2004, I took a year off, and wrote at Starbucks in Astor Place every day, substantially writing three books, although two -"The Jack Trilogy" and "Desperate Days" - took years to finish.
Back then, I taught English, Global Histo

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Gary Dorion Jack, my good friend in grade school, was a year older than me. We met when I was six years old at a Catholic school in Groton, Massachusetts. One day…moreJack, my good friend in grade school, was a year older than me. We met when I was six years old at a Catholic school in Groton, Massachusetts. One day Jack started picking on me while riding home to nearby Pepperell on a bus. I became angry. He was much bigger than me - I was one of the smallest kids in my class - but I foolishly challenged him to a fight. We wrestled to the ground after getting off the bus. He gradually pinned me to the ground. "Do you give up?" he said. After more demands that I "give up," I did. We became best friends for years afterwards. Things changed in our teens when we went different ways mostly. Jack had one fast car after another and worked in the local paper manufacturing mill. I was heading for college. We played pool on my pool table nearly every night in high school during my freshman and sophemore years. In earlier days, Jack always had our group of friends playing football, baseball, basketball and hockey depending upon the season although we often shoveled snow off the basketball courts to play in winter. Many times Jack and I skipped school to walk on the partially-frozen rivers in Pepperell, Massachusetts, to collect fishing lures that unlucky fishermen had gotten caught in the branches of trees hanging out over the river. We liked to engage in somewhat dangerous activities and we would dare one another to do things like, venture out a little further onto the black ice edged by the swiftly moving water.
One day after Jack had graduated from high school, I took a ride with him and, a while later, while heading to nearby Hollis, New Hampshire, he began driving erratically with speeds up to 80 MPH on a back road in his Chevy Malibu, shifting the gears so fast and totally depressing the accelerator between gears such that the force pinned me to the seat. It was the last time a rode with him. A friend told me the next day, "Don't ride with Morrissey. He's going to get killed." A few weeks later, that's what happened. He was riding alone and hit a tree. His car was totally demolished. It happened about a half-mile from my house.
I had intended to write a novel about his life for many years but it wasn't until 2000 that I even attempted to try. I didn't want to deal with the realities which I had tried to forget for years. Then it occurred to me - I could transport Jack as a composite character, part real, part ficition - into the 1860's and make him the 'hero' that he had wanted to be ever since I had known him.
I hated my job teaching in a very tough middle school in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, in 2004, so I took a year off starting that September. I began seriously to continue writing "Jack" along with two other two books that just poured out of my head every time I went to Starbucks in nearby Astor Place. I lived on 4th Street & Second Avenue. I wrote every day for at least two hours at Starbucks. Often I could barely keep up typing on my laptop with what the characters were doing or saying.
In subsequent years while teaching in Chinatown and various other Manhattan neighborhoods (I eventually taught in more than 80 Manhattan high schools after my school closed in 2010), I took every opportunity to write. I would incorporate much of the research into my lesson plans for English Language Arts and Social Studies classes. Sometimes I read sections of the novels to my students.(less)
Gary Dorion Larissa and Dr. Zhivago. The poetic romance that they had with the backdrop of the Russian Revolution - she being a nurse and he a doctor near the fro…moreLarissa and Dr. Zhivago. The poetic romance that they had with the backdrop of the Russian Revolution - she being a nurse and he a doctor near the front - was an affair that burned with life amid many different struggles. Also, the film Dr. Zhivago, in my opinion, is the greatest film ever made.
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According to Mark Coker, C.E.O. at Smashwords, “Authors simply answer a series of questions, or create their own questions, and then click publish… The idea for this feature came to me last year when we were running a series of author interviews here on the Smashwords blog. Many more authors wanted to be interviewed than we could accommodate.”

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