It was my privilege to meet Johnny Worthen at the St. george Book Festival in October. Worthen is a unique character: kind, funny, and brazen in his attitudes and opinions. He is exactly the man you see and doesn't make excuses for it. His characters and stories are a reflection of the man.
Best Selling author of Eleanor: The Unseen, and the Utah League of Writers Author of The year for 2014, Worthen explores the complex life and mind set of a young woman living in a rural town. Her life's goals are to do no more than to remain as congruent with the unremarkable countryside where she lives as the tumbleweeds and dust devils. When the only friend she's ever had returns to the school she attends, Eleanor steps from the shadows to become seen. However, there is so much of Eleanor no one will ever know or understand. As she claims her own courage and strength from tragedies and triumphs, Eleanor's strange world exposes not only her secrets but her heart.
Some of Worthen's short fiction delves into his life experiences, paranormal tendencies and flourishing imagination. His characters are founded in contemporary backdrops which give readers a place from which to relate while pushing the boundaries of "Normal". Worthen's stories unfold like the wings of a butterfly, methodically unveiling the depth and breadth of the characters without forcing the reader to rush, but to wonder.
I struggled to understand the story from the beginning but couldn't put it down because my questions begged for answers that only reading the book would provide. His technique is patient, trusting and elegant in its nature.
Johnny Worthen is an award-winning author, voyager, and damn fine human
being! He is the tie-dye wearing author of the nationally acclaimed
UNSEEN and the adult occult thriller BEATRYSEL and DR. STUART’S HEART.
year look for Johnny’s THE BRAND DEMAND, a political mystery, and the
genre-bending comedy noire, THE FINGER TRAP Meanwhile, Eleanor’s story
in CELESTE, THE UNSEEN BOOK 2.
A frequent public
speaker, trained in modern literary criticism and cultural studies,
Johnny writes upmarket multi-genre fiction. “I write what I like to
read,” he says. “That guarantees me at least one fan."
To read more of Worthen's work go to amazon.com for Eleanor: The unseen or to his website johnnyworthen.com for his short fiction.