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J. Thorn

J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 175,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, featured presenter for the Cuyahoga County Library, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd.

Explore J. Thorn’s entire catalog at Amazon.com.

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Testimonials

J.F. Penn (Joanna Penn)

J.F. Penn (Joanna Penn)

Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author

“I've co-written two novels and one non-fiction book with J. Thorn, and he has taught me so many things about collaboration. He is patient and kind with his feedback, is open to working in different ways depending on the project and the person, and brings extensive experience of collaborative projects, both with authors and from his background in music. I highly recommend working with J. if you want to learn the practical and psychological aspects of co-writing.”

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan

New York Times bestselling nonfiction author…and who knows? Maybe future fiction award winner too!

“I begged J. to help me get my head on straight with fiction writing. The sessions were amazing. I’m a bit of a weird all-over-the-place kind of person, but J. really ran with whatever I threw at him. His ideas and advice were spot on. His coaching felt like an extra set of very very smart eyes and brains on my ideas. I don’t say this lightly. This was the best coaching I’ve ever received for being so spot on and so helpful.”

Jill Harris

Jill Harris

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“For me it was about taking this seriously and leveling up. I literally learned so much in every conversation, every moment. Whether it’s been on the craft, or marketing, or branding—you share your process. It’s been wonderful because it’s so authentic, and I’ve really felt that. I'd like to thank you for this amazing opportunity. It is the most incredible writing-based experience I've ever had.”

Kim Petersen

Kim Petersen

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“I have had the time of my life…I love what we’re doing here and would definitely tell anyone that asks how great this experience has been.”

Zach Bohannon

Zach Bohannon

Internet Troll

“If you’ve enjoyed coaching sessions with J., it’s only because you don’t have to work with him.”

Flo Barnett

Flo Barnett

Children's book author

“This June I proudly celebrate the two-year anniversary of the publication of the first book in my Grammy’s Gang series, No Way To Haircut Day! And I owe it all to J. Thorn. The man is a veritable genius when it comes to information on how to self-publish, select the perfect illustrator, and determine the best genre for your work.”

Lon Varnadore

Lon Varnadore

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“Feeding off that energy and the momentum I got from this retreat—I can’t think of any other time that I really experienced that. It’s been great.”

D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye

nonfiction memoir author

“J. Thorn is well-respected and has great knowledge and experience in the Indie world. He taught me all about learning to split myself and my thinking process between being a writer and stepping out of the box and learning to be a good business person to help my book flourish.”

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