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John Darryl Winston

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Readers' Favorite Finalist 2015
Readers' Favorite Bronze Medalist 2016
Readers' Favorite Gold Medalist 2018


The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero's journey as part of a creative writing and 'Boys Read' program.

He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Geral
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John Darryl Winston Not in all cases, but writing is something that can be and often is a solitary creative process. It doesn't require you wait for or count on another…moreNot in all cases, but writing is something that can be and often is a solitary creative process. It doesn't require you wait for or count on another soul to connect with the universe and be one with the muse. That can be liberating, and it is for me. You also get all the credit "when" the successes come. I use the term "when" firmly and you should, too; positive thinking can't hurt one's chances at success. It may sound selfish, but I think to deny that part of us, that part that needs to find out what is inside us and us alone is, even worse, self-righteous. The rub is, when things aren't working, you bear the brunt of all the blame and pain. And for most of us, boy does it hurt when it ain't workin', but ... we can take it. The simple answer is, being a writer makes you a pure creator; what you were meant to be. I like that, so I take my chances and create. (less)
John Darryl Winston The trick is to write no matter what. Sometimes the muse (or whatever you want to call it) is with you and the genius is unleashed. Other times, you…moreThe trick is to write no matter what. Sometimes the muse (or whatever you want to call it) is with you and the genius is unleashed. Other times, you wallow in your emptiness. The point is, when you lower the bar, there is no such thing as writer's block. Even if you write one word over and over again, or a nursery rhyme, you write, because you never know when the universe will find favor in you again, so be ready. (less)
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IA: Initiate

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"Far darker and even more powerful than its predecessors, John Darryl Winston’s IA: INVINCIBLE ASSASSIN contains the raw beauty of soul-deep pain and the true friendship that will stop at nothing to dull it."

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"A novella of substance. The author's ability to set the scene drew me into this little gem as if I were watching it on a screen. IA: Invincible Assassin is a great appetizer, making me hungry for more of the story of Naz as the Invincible Assassin..." Read more of this review »
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“A good friend once told me that true heros don't stand in the sun with a symbol on their chest, cape flying in the breeze for all to see." Fears proclaimed as he kept clapping. "No, they prefer to use the darkness ... the shadows. They are unassuming, and they walk amongst us every day. Who are we?" he asked again, this time louder than before.”
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“He remembered what his mother would say to herself when Bearn would come home and had clearly been drinking. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, “I will fear no evil.” “Stop!”
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“It was easy, and he knew, he was different somehow: in his mind, invincible.”
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