Guest Blogger: John Howell

Today’s guest blogger is the hilarious John Howell of John’s Fiction Favorites.

Thank you, Phil. It is a real pleasure to be a guest on your blog. I consider you one of the funniest bloggers and have looked forward to this visit. If I may, I would like to paint a fictional picture for your readers. Since you have opened your blog to other writers, I have created an imaginary situation where you set auditions for those who want to appear. (Don’t worry everyone, this is just pretending, and Phil has no plans to start an audition process.)

So here is the scene. Phil sits behind a desk in the audience on a platform built for the occasion. He has his sycophants on either side. On his right hand is the executive producer with a script person on his left. One small desk lamp illuminates his space. He has pencils and paper and a large Yeti cup filled with coffee. Phil has a microphone so those on stage can hear every word. The stage glows from a huge spotlight that burns from the back of the auditorium. The prospective blog guest takes the stage and can’t help blinking from the light.

Phil starts. “Mr. Howell please come down to center stage.”

John moves into the white-hot light, raises his hand to his eyebrow to cut down the glare. “Hello, Phil. You can call me John.”

“Thank you, John. What can we do for you today?”

“Well, I’m here to audition for a guest spot on your blog.”

“Sounds good, John. Have you brought any Gifs, videos, or photos?”

“I only have a photo of myself and my books.”

“Books? You going to hump books on my blog?”

“Well, I thought I would mention them.”

“Look, John. I have a lot of book humping on my blog including my own. I was hoping you would have something different.”

“Well, I can sing a little.”

“Okay let’s hear that then.”

“I also do a soft shoe.”

“Soft shoe. What’s that?”

“It’s a little dance without tap shoes.”

“Okay, I get it. Go ahead.”


“What’s wrong?”

“Nothing sir. I was just clearing my throat.”

“Do you need some water?”

“No thank you. Normally I have an accompanist, but I wasn’t prepared to sing.”

“Well, we have no time for an accompanist. Can you do it anyway?”

“Okay here goes.”

“What are you doing?”

“Big opening with the soft shoe.”

“Sheesh. Go ahead. Wait what’s that?”

“A pitch pipe. I don’t want to be off pitch.”

“You ready now?”

“Yes Here’s my song.

Passengers will please refrain

from flushing toilets

while the train

is standing in the station. I love you.”

“Okay, thank you.”

“Wait, there is another verse.”

“Please leave your number with the assistant back stage.”

“But the second verse is killer.”

“Don’t call us. We’ll call you.”

“Can I leave these photos with the assistant too?”

“Sure. Leave the bio, the photos, the contact information but please clear the stage.”

“Thank you, Phil. I’m such a fan just being here is a thrill.”

“Okay, thank you. Can we have Mr. King down to center stage.”

John’s Bio: John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories.  His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016.  All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

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Thank you to John for his awesome guest blog post. If you’re not already following him on all the social media platforms above, well, what’s stopping you?

Have a great Friday! ~Phil


35 responses to “Guest Blogger: John Howell

  1. I enjoyed the audition and the visit, Phil. Thank you so much.

  2. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Today I am a guest on Phil Taylor’s blog. Phil is an author and humorist. In fact, he has one of the funniest blogs out there. Visit Phil and you can see what I mean. Check out his books while you are there.

  3. As well John writes brilliant “not to do” recommendations! Check his wonderful blog & stay tuned! 🙂

  4. This soft shoe act is hard to follow. LOL. 🙂

  5. That was highly entertaining. I wonder if Mr. King will fare better.

    Great post, John. And I love your books. Nice to meet Phil too. I just signed up to follow his blog. Hopefully, that won’t require an audition 😉

  6. You too. I checked White Picket Prisons and The Sneaker Tree out on Amazon. I’m behind on my reading right now but these are definitely on my buy/read list. My kind of tales!

  7. Outstanding audition, John. Looks like I’ve found another blog to follow too.

  8. Great guest to have – love me some John Howell 🙂 – excited about his upcoming book!

  9. What a great audition! Thanks for inviting John over today, Phillip…we love him!

  10. D.L Finn, Author

    Great post.. Had me laughing. Glad to met Phil, too.

  11. Haha! That was totally unexpected. Nice work guys! Hugs.

  12. Nice audition, John – you’re just a multi-talented guy.

  13. Great idea for a guest post, John – an audition! Like Gwen, I was smiling picturing you doing a soft shoe number on stage!

  14. Lovely to see John here on your blog, Phil. A great interview!

  15. This is hilarious, John! I wasn’t aware of how funny you are. This is an entertaining, creative and unique way to feature an author and his work. Thank you John and Phil!👏😁

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