He’s the weatherman, for God’s sake!

You know the old saying, “No man’s a hero in his own home town.” I can relate to that, although I don’t consider myself a hero in ANY town. But, here’s the thing. I write books. My action/adventure novels have sold, and continue to sell, quite well in other parts of the country, and even in England and Australia.

So where would you guess that my books sell the least? You guessed it, right here in my own home town. And, there is a reason for that, I believe. For many years, up until my retirement from TV in 1995, people around this region knew me as a TV weatherman. I think that it is just beyond many people’s comprehension that “the weatherman” could actually be a good author. “He’s the weatherman, for God’s sake, he can’t write books!”

The truth is that I was writing fiction even before I was a weatherman, and all during the time I was a weatherman. You know another old saying: “Don’t give up your day job.” Well, in my case, I didn’t give up my night job, but during the day I was writing and honing a skill and developing a talent that God gave me at an early age. And that was the ability to write “stories.”

It was a talent that allowed me to skate through English classes in high school and college, because I didn’t have time, or patience enough, to learn diagramming of sentences and dangling participles. But I could always write a story to bring my impending “D” up to a “B-”and that allowed me to pass.

This leads up to the announcement that I will have another novel on Amazon by late May. This is my greatest effort yet, and it is entirely different from anything I have written before. There are no bullets firing, no CIA, no rotten crooks trying to kill my hero. It is a book about how circumstances can radically change a man’s life, and about the struggle to reclaim some sense of dignity and respect. And you know what? I expect it to be a good seller, but few of my acquaintances will buy it because,“He’s the weatherman, for God’s sake, he can’t be a writer!”

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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