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J.B. Manas

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J. B. Manas is a Philadelphia-based author of fiction and nonfiction. He is the author of the sci-fi thriller, Atticus, and co-author of The Kronos Interference, named to the “Best of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews, which gave the book a starred review, calling it “impressively original” and “[a] tour de force.”

His nonfiction books (written as Jerry Manas) on leadership lessons from history, science, and the arts have been translated into eight languages and course-adopted in universities worldwide.

Manas is an avid movie buff, pop culture maven, popular comic con speaker, art lover, world traveler, songwriter and guitarist, technology geek, wine connoisseur, and an armchair philosopher–all of which make their way into his writing at one time or

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J.B. Manas I find some of my best ideas come from taking a break, and thinking while I'm driving, taking a shower, or doing something that involves moving…moreI find some of my best ideas come from taking a break, and thinking while I'm driving, taking a shower, or doing something that involves moving around. It's been proven that motion helps spark creativity. Sometimes, I do the opposite and write anything, even if it's garbage. That tends to activate the left brain a bit (or so I hope!).

Also, sometimes when I sit to write, I end up rereading the last few chapters and making changes, and then I'm too mentally drained to be very creative on the new chapter. And that's okay. I stopped beating myself up over that. It's not a race (unless you're under a tight deadline from a publisher -- then it's a race.). It's sometimes a fine line between getting something finished that's "good enough" -- saving the polishing for the end, vs. wanting to really think through each chapter. Outlining certainly helps, though I often stray from my outlines.(less)
J.B. Manas I think for me, it's a matter of being able to do what I love doing and, as Steven Spielberg said, "dream for a living." Money helps, but it's not why…moreI think for me, it's a matter of being able to do what I love doing and, as Steven Spielberg said, "dream for a living." Money helps, but it's not why I do it. But if I had to think of a "best thing," it would be the ability to leave a legacy, to make at least a small contribution to the world--to make a difference. I think any writer wants that to a degree. But also to be able to say, "I gave it my best and served it up for others to absorb, judge, and hopefully enjoy."(less)
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I’ve eagerlybooks_to_film watched and enjoyed many of the blockbuster films this year, including Infinity War, Solo, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and others. Still haven’t seen Deadpool 2 yet, but it’s on my list! I’ve also been watching Westworld and enjoying its complexity while I suffer the long wait till Game of Thrones returns in 2019 (and even longer wait for Winds of Winter).

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