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John Searles is an American writer and magazine editor. He is the author of three bestselling novels, Boy Still Missing (ISBN 0-06-082243-0), Strange But True (ISBN 0-06-072179-0) and Help For The Haunted. His essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other national magazines and newspapers.
Born and raised in New England, Searles is the son of a truck-driver father and stay-at-home mom. After high school, Searles worked at the DuPont factory close to his hometown. He quickly realized that the job wasn't for him and set his sights on becoming the first in his family to graduate college. He earned an undergraduate degree from a Connecticut state university before moving to New York City to attend New York University on a writing scholarship. His stories were quick to receive recognition at the school, winning two top literary awards. After completing his MFA, Searles took a job at Redbook magazine reading fiction submissions for fifty cents a story. He soon moved onto a part-time position in the books department at Cosmopolitan, where he is now the magazine's Editorial-at-Large.
Upon the publication of his first novel, TIME named him a “Person to Watch” and the New York Daily News named him a “New Yorker to Watch.” Strange But True was also named the best novel of 2004 by Salon.com. Searles appears frequently on morning shows such as NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, Live! with Regis & Kelly, and CNN, to discuss his favorite seasonal book selections. His third novel, Help For The Haunted, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in June, 2013.
- HarperCollins Author page
- Interview with Algonquin Books, July 25, 2011
- Q & A with John Searles, Mediabistro.com, July 16, 2004
- "BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Ronnie's Awfully Fertile for a Dead Guy," New York Times Book Review, July 22, 2004
- Review of Strange But True, Salon.com, September 2, 2004
- "'Strange But True' is truly dark," USA Today, July 28, 2004
- "Authors 'phone it in' to appreciative book clubs," USA Today, January 4, 2006
- "John Searles' latest novel practically wrote itself after unsettling experience," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 8, 2004
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