Jon Gallagher
About (Biography)

I've done a little bit of everything in my life.  I spent five years as a funeral director for bugs (okay, so I was an exterminator), spent five years working in a rubber hose factory (oh what a joy THAT was), and I've spent a few years teaching high school English.  I left my last teaching job when I flunked 26 out of 43 freshman English students.  In all fairness, English should not have been taught as a first language at that school.  They were better suited for "Redneck" as a language. 


I've also been a professional magician and have toured the Midwest with my magic shows for more than 30 years. 

My writing credits are listed on another page (I think... I'm new at this webpage building stuff).

I am a graduate of Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Illinois, of Carl Sandburg Community College in Galesburg, Illinois (Associate of Arts), and I hold a BA (magna cum laude) from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where I represented the college three years running in the Nick Adams Short Story competition.

My hobbies include reading, writing, performing and learning magic, counted cross stitching, and listening to music.  At one time, I was a radio DJ, so I have a vast knowledge of trivial facts about 60s-80s pop music. 

Favorite authors include Tom Bodett (yeah, the guy from the Motel 6 commercials... his writing is hilarious), Joan Hess, Lee Child, John Grisham, Lawrence Block, Nancy Atherton, John Sanford, Mary Higgins Clark, and Stuart Woods.


There's that lady from the circle up there.  Hmm.... Looks like she's telling me there's nothing to getting rid of her picture.  I'll try again later.

I hate these predesigned websites.  If you're not careful, it makes it look like you're just stealing someone else's stuff.

WRITING CAREER

I first took an interest in writing in 6th grade.  Barbara Davies, my 6th grade teacher, encouraged me from the start.

In 7th grade, Jim Tarchione, my English teacher, held a class wide writing competition for the best short story.  I wrote a humorous piece about going on my first date (it would be several years before I'd actually HAVE a first date so it was definitely fiction).  I was astounded when I found out my story had taken first place.

In 8th grade, Sue Block (wife of former US Secretary of Agriculture), the advisor for the Student Council enlisted me to write the Christmas play for the school.  Being a HUGE fan of the TV show Dark Shadows, I did an absolute hideous job with "Christmas at Collinwood."  Thank God camcorders hadn't been invented yet.

In the spring of that year, my future sister-in-law had an assignment due for her senior English class.  She needed a short story.  I wrote it for her and got an A.

From 1989-1992, I wrote a weekly column for the Zephyr in Galesburg, IL.  I was also the entire Sports department for the Knoxville Journal.  Both were weekly papers in and around the old hometown.

In 1991, I published the Blue Bullet Basketball Encyclopedia as detailed on another page.

In 1992, I returned to school to complete my BA.  I received my degree from Knox College in 1994 where I won the Nick Adams Fiction Contest, a campus wide competition, three years in a row.  Each school in our conference submitted stories to a national competition and in 1993, I was a finalist in the national contest.

My non-fiction has appeared in Black Mountain Review.  My fiction has been published in Medaphors, a Literary Journal for Medical Professionals.

My first novel, A Funny Thing About Murder, is waiting for the right agent to take it to the next level.

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