John F. McDonald

John F. McDonald

Author of books, Ghostwriter, Scriptwriter

http://www.johnfmcdonald.co.uk
jmacdonald48@btinternet.com
01442 249138
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Available for

After dinner, Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 16 to 18+, Adult

Genres

Crime, Health, History, Horror, Humour, Mind, Novelty, Poetry, Romance, Science, Science fiction, Sport, Stage/Screen

Book types

Educational, Non-fiction for adults, Graphic novel

Awards

  • Holmes Associates/Channel 4 Award for TV Drama
  • 2009 IndieProducer (US) screenwriters award
  • British Book Design and Production Award
  • Independent Publishers (IPPY) Award

Organisations

  • Reviewer for New York Journal of Books.
  • Alumnus Member of London South Bank University.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • The International Screenwriters' Association.
  • The Society of Authors.

Details

Hello,

I am a professional, award-winning writer.  I have five novels published, in both the UK and US.  My sixth novel will be published next year and I am currently working on my seventh.  I have ghost-written memoirs and biograpies for a large number of people, including well-known personalities in show-business, politics and business. I have also scripted seven graphic novels, written five screenplays (2009 winner of IndieProducer Screenwriter Award in Hollywood) and several dramas for stage, television and radio. 

Interviews: I have taken part in several TV and radio interviews on the subject of novel writing, memoirs, graphic novels and Shakespeare.

Tutoring:  I have tutored on all aspects of creative writing for several London-based colleges.

Workshops:  I have taken part in and contributed to gereral writing (fiction and non-fiction) and drama (TV and stage) workshops.

Shakespeare:  I am somewhat of an expert on the plays of William Shakespeare.  I have adapted many of them to graphic novel format for Classical Comics Ltd.  I have also translated them into modern english for students who have trouble getting to grips with the Shakespearean text. 

Commissions:  I am available for ghostwriting, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, scriptwriting, biographies, histories, reference and general writing commissions.

Travel:  I am willing to travel anywhere (GB or abroad), on payment of expenses.

Reviews:

"John McDonald has woven a brilliant narrative that combines anecdote and 'how to' with great skill and verve" - Literary Review

 "John McDonald has done a masterly job, brilliantly capturing a tone of voice that is at once threatening and droll, comical and surly, belligerent and rustic" - Mail on Sunday

 "Mc Donald has created a work of important social history" - Sunday Times

 "The unique voices in the memoir magically evoke a disappearing England" - Daily Mail

 "A vivid father-and-son memoir, co-written by the brilliant John McDonald ... The Last English Poachers is a raw and vivid picture of 'this bear-baiting bastard of a world'" - The Times

"McDonald brings a scandalous charm to The Last English Poachers ... as rare as hen's teeth" - The Guardian

"McDonald is an explorer of courage and a writer of immense talent", Irish Times.

"McDonald's prose is rich, thick and magically poetic",  Sunday Independent.

"McDonald has a distinctive and beguiling way with words", Books Ireland.

"The hugely talented John F McDonald makes powerful use of the unspoken, the complete objectivity of his writing has the effect of changing the moral basis for decisions regarding right and wrong", Leinster Express.

"McDonald is comparable to Chuck Palahniuk, Anthony Burgess and even William Trevor", Publisher's Weekly

"Strong drama in London.  Vivid, sympathetic characters, well-set scenes and a kind of passive menace", Soho Theatre.

"The impressive triangular relationship is sensitively explored, there is no sterotyping of attitudes and abrupt changes in emotions ring true", Royal Court.

"McDonald's work concisely explores various crises of conscience, while revealing the impenetrable barrier between those powerless to the point of desperation and those too blinkered by privilege to comprehend.  A searing antidote to other bland offerings",      Time Out.

"McDonald's writing is imaginative, spirited, vivid and convincing, even poetic - reminiscent of the American writer, Charles.Bukowski", St. Petersburg Times.

"McDonald's work is both interesting and fascinating", Yves Bureau, Rue Blanche.

"McDonald deserves an award...", comicbits online.

"The best ghostwriter I have ever worked with", Senior commissioning editor at Simon & Schuster 

Books

I've had 5 novels published, with a 6th due in 2017 and working on a 7th. I've co-written 7 non-fiction memoirs, most of which have been best-sellers. I've also written several screenplays and works for the stage as well as award-winning graphic novels.

9780992973131

Hippie

 A Metaphysical Pseudo-Biography 
9781908730169

Street Girl

 Non-fiction Memoir 
9781903500514

Jack Bates And The Wizard's Spell

 Young-Adult Fiction 
9781471135682

The Last English Poachers

 Non-fiction Memoir 
9781471134111

Her Ladyship's Girl

 Memoir 
9781291620566

Traveller

 Novel 
9780718179382

Missing

 Memoir 

Borstal Girl

 Memoir 
9780956511942

Absolution

 Thriller 
9781910295007

Letting Blake Go

 Expose / Biography / Amy Winehouse 
9781849837743

The Tearaway

 Memoir 
9781471113574

The Boy From Treacle Bumstead

 Memoir 
9780955650048

Childeyes

 A beautifully crafted political parody, set in the insider-world of Washington DC. 

Tribe

 A blackly comic novel about Gypsies. 
9780956211446

Otherwise Kill Me

 Sometimes when you talk to God .. the Devil answers 

Talking to God

 A harrowing novel about the devastating effects of schizophrenia. 

Keywords

BIOGRAPHY BOOK EDUCATION FICTION GHOSTWRITER NOVEL RADIO SCREENPLAY SCRIPT SHAKESPEARE STAGE TUTOR TV WRITER WRITING