Writers. Lot of them. Some who knew something, many who didn't. One's who had something to say, and many who repeated what others had said before them. The bond which held them together was the Word. Some came to the Word for pleasure, some as a burden, some as therapy, others as atonement. Some wrote as an addiction, others as a penance. Some, like me, because they simply couldn't do otherwise. All lived in solitude as that is the process and profession of writing. Many escaped by writing on a forum of like minded souls... My (Pen Name) is John Rebell. I write thrillers. I've written three 100K word novels so far. Some have been more successful than others. All are in the 4-5 star range on Amazon. None has made any bestseller lists nor won any awards. Maybe it was because I didn't bother with either one. I'm here because as a writer I wish the camaraderie of other writers. I hope to make friends, find collaborators, seek advice and give it, critique others as well as have my own work torn to shreds. (Oh, the thrill...not!) Be a smart-ass and nonconformist. Maybe piss a few people off, or have them piss me off with off-the-wall observations. I'm also a teacher, eLearning specialist, designer and consultant, and run my own day spa with my wife. All of which supports my writing. I'm 56 years old, look 45, and act like I'm 25. I have lots of vices, live in the Mid-West USA, lived all over the world, have a nine year old son, a Vietnamese wife, speak multiple languages, and an overly affectionate Lab/Chow/Wolf mix canine monster. That's who I am, and that's all I've got. Happy New Year and successful and productive 2015.