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Manfred Eichhorn


I am proud and happy to announce that a new author from Germany joins Johntext – literature with purpose to help. You can already find some photos, books, reviews and links to his biography on Wikipedia, his publishing houses and special events.

Manfred Eichhorn published his crime story number four: “In der Asche schläft die Glut”.
Like the three other crime stories he wrote before it was published by the Silberburg publishing house, Tübingen. His books are available in bookstores as well as on

Who is the author of more than 40 books, several play scipts which were performed and a lot of contributions to anthologies and school books?

Manfred Eichhorn was born in 1951 in Ulm. When he was not older than 16 years old he wrote his first book, which was not published. The following years he learned the bookstore buisiness. Together with his wife he opened his own bookstore in 1973 in Ulm. For more than 40 years he sold books there. Soon he made the big step from selling books to writing them. At the beginning of the septuagenarian initially books of poetry were published, a novel, children’s books and other stories followed.

Manfred Eichhorn live, Bücher, Veranstaltungen und Kontakt. Infos über den Autor auf Wikipedia .

Klaus J. Gerken:

Klaus J. Gerken

Editor and Founder of Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts 1993


Klaus Gerken, born Cuxhaven, Germany, 1949. Came to Canada age 9, 1958. First published work, Dynasty 1968. Since then over 200 titles, Poems, Plays and Novels.

Residence: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.( info copied from )

Klaus J. Gerken is on Facebook. Contact him there.

Joygopal Podder:


Joygopal Podder is on Facebook and writes on

Contact him on

Joygopal Podder (born May 19, 1960, London, Great Britain) is an Indian author. He has appeared in 2015 in the Limca Book of Records as the author who has had 14 crime fiction novels published in 45 months. Before this he went on to feature in Limca Book of Records four times. As the author with most books on crime fiction in shortest time in 2013 and in 2014. For writing five crime fiction novels in nine months in 2012 and writing 10 crime fiction within in 21 months.

He was eight years old when his mother – a homemaker – and his father – a surgeon moved to New Delhi. He is married and lives with his wife and two daughters in Gurgaon, India.

When studying in University of Delhi Joygopal Podder was a popular contributor for Target (magazine). He is a Gold Medalist Law Graduate from the University of Delhi. Podder worked 17 years for different companies as a marketer. He changed to the social sector in 2000 and is now a fund-raising director of a leading NGO working against poverty. Joygopal Podder started writing at age 50 in 2010 because of love for his wife who became ill. His first book was Deceivers. Deceivers is a compilation of two thrillers set in the backdrop of the social sector. Since then, 17 of his books have been published, 14 crime fiction but also two romantic comedy and one non-fiction. His latest releases are 3 mixed up men, romantic novel and Dynasty, crime thriller. He writes so fast that he is called India’s marathon author. Joygopal Podder’s bestsellers include Millennium City, Beware of the Night, Superstar, Merchants of Dreams and Vanished. Various interviews give insight in Podders work. In “Scripting a novel record” he tells the readers about his motivation sources and his life.

Major literary work

(September 2010) Deceivers, Pustak Mahal
(October 2010) The Inheritance, Peacock Books
(2011) The Landlord’s Secret And Other Stories, Atlantic Publishers
(2011) Millennium City, Prakash Books
(2011) High Alert Atlantic Publishers
(2011) Truth Is Greater Than Fiction
(2011) Superstar, Prakash Books
(2012) Mumbai Dreams, V&S Publishers
(2012) Beware Of The Night, Vitasta Publishing
(2012) A Million Seconds Too Late, Vitasta Publishing
(2012) Merchants Of Dreams, Vitasta Publishing
(2013) Vanished, Vitasta Publishing
(2013) Goddess, V&S Publishers
(2014) My Friend’s Unsuitable Fiancee, Author’s Empire Publications
(2014) My Husband, My Lover, My Husband’s Lover, Author’s Empire Publications
(2014) 3 MIXED UP MEN, Omji Publishing House
(2014) Dynasty, Omji Publishing House

(2015) Chief Minister’s Mistress

(2016) CANCER
(2016) Anniversary Killer

John P. Matthew:

John P. Matthew is on Johntext India.


Cafe Coffee Day – Official has become a second home for me in many respects. I go there to write, to mull, to regurgitate over coffee or tea. The other day at the CCD in Belapur a waiter came to me and said “You are a writer.” I asked how do you know. He said “I read your interview in DNA.” I said “Oh.”

Writer, poet, singer-songwriter, and blogger John P Matthew was born in the state of Kerala, India. After spending eight years in Kerala he migrated to Bombay for an education. In Bombay he lived in a working class locality and attended Adarsha Vidyalaya. Later on, he earned his Bachelors in Science from University of Bombay, but read extensively on literature inspired by the work of one of his uncles George Mathan, who wrote the first book of grammar in Malayalam, the language of Kerala. He has been a practitioner of the written and spoken word ever since his childhood wherein he had filled several notebooks with poetry and contributed to the now-defunct Youth Times and The Illustrated Weekly of India.

His first success as a writer came when he won publisher Penguin’s world-wide short story contest “India Smiles” in which his short story “Flirting in Short Messages” was selected for publication in an anthology. The collection, published by Penguin, was also titled, “India Smiles.”

His story “P.K.Koshy’s Daily Rountine” was also shortlisted and subsequently published in an anthology by Grey Oaks, an Indian imprint. The short story is about the post-retirement life of a Malayali pensioner living in Bombay and the abrupt changes he faces in his daily routine.

Among the many jobs he held in his working career is that of Executive Secretary of the Advertising Standards Council (ASCI) and editor of a monthly magazine called Ambit. His articles have appeared in Ambit and in various newspapers and publications such as: Economic Times, DNA, Capital Market, Industrial Times, Chemical Age, Ambit, etc.

He started writing his blog in 2003, and today the blog ranks as one among India’s top blogs. The blog is also ranked among the top 1000 book blogs around the world by Technorati, a website rating service. Apart from his main blog he has several other blogs on which he publishes his current works in progress. His poetry blog contains his poems open to suggestion and iteration from visitors and his short story blog contains his short stories. He is also keen performer of his poems and has performed them at the Kala Ghoda Literary Festival, Caferati Open Mike and at the Blue Frog Poetry Slam. Of late, he has been composing his poetry into songs, inspired by the work of poet Jeet Thayil.

His poems have been included in the website “” and a poem titled “The Call of the Cuckoo” has been published by Poetry Rivals. He presented his poems at the Kritya International Poetry Festival organized in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

His forthcoming novel “Mr. Bandookwala, M.B.A., Harvard” is about a brilliant Harvard graduate who because he is honest and uncorrupt fails to make his mark in the internecine power struggle of a Bombay-based real estate company. The novel explores the experiences of an earnest Harvard management graduate who wants to change the working of an Indian company steeped in the traditional style of management. The novel’s protagonist Mr. Bandookwala observers the steep fall in moral standards in India since he migrated to the U.S. and struggles to correct whatever is in his ambit as the Chief Marketing Officer of the company. Written in a magic realistic style the protagonist encounters several bizzare incidents: being pushed out of a moving train, an audience with an underworld slum lord who is a graduate, an extremist committing mayhem in a five star hotel among others. According to him the novel is about the “probability of improbable in India.” It is a novel that explores the slimy sullen streets of slums and the unbridled corporate greed of metropolitan Bombay, hidden hitherto behind the gauze veil of mango chutney, rope tricks, elephant rides, wile-less people, and nostalgia-tinted fragments of literature written by Indian expatriate writers. He is an Indian writer essaying the India of greed, corruption, the politician-underworld nexus, call centres, and above all, life in the festering re-developed-slum colonies of Bombay.

He has written a book-length travelogue on his native state of Kerala titled, “To God’s Own Country – a Serendipitous Journey to Kerala,” which is being edited. This book is based on a journey he undertook by an open bus down the heart of India’s Deccan Plateau and records the resplendent sights and enormous diversity of India.

He is an amateur musician and plays the acoustic guitar, besides dabbling in photography and sketching. He lives in Bombay with his wife, a teacher, and son.

Faraaz Kazi:

Faraaz Kazi

Faraaz Kazi is on Facebook, Twitter, Johntext.

Faraaz Kazi (born November 10, 1987) is an Indian author, primarily writing mainstream romance and best known for his debut novel Truly Madly Deeply, published by the Cedar Books imprint of Pustak Mahal and re-released by Mahaveer Publishers in 2012. Kazi has been called the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India’.

Faraaz Kazi is the only child of his parents and was born and raised in Mumbai. A student of Our Lady of Fatima High School, Faraaz moved to GuruNanak Khalsa College of Science to complete his plus two. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree in management and eventually obtained an MBA in marketing. He is a triple post-graduate with a Masters in psychology and counselling and another one in Human Resources. Faraaz also has a diploma in Freelance Journalism from The British Institutes and a certificate in Creative Writing from Xavier’s Institute of Communication.

After graduating from Xavier’s, Faraaz worked on his debut novel and eventually published it in 2010. The book was titled Truly Madly Deeply… Memoirs of a Broken Heart’s First Love! which was republished again in October 2012 and went on to become a national award-winning title apart from becoming the first book by an Indian author to win the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut (Romance). It remains the only Indian book in the Top 100 YA Global Fiction list.

Kazi’s second book titled The Other Side, co-authored with Vivek Banerjee was released on 15 November 2013 by Vikram Bhatt and the team of 1920 Evil Returns. It is the first book in the world to have an animated cover. The book is also said to be the largest attempt so far in Indian commercial horror literature.

Kazi’s third book titled “LOVE” compiled and edited by him is an anthology of cross-genre stories connected by the emotion of love. It features a foreword and one mainstream romance story titled ‘The Doorway’ written by him. The book was released on 6 February 2015.

Faraaz is the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence Award in Creative Writing
Faraaz is the joint-winner of the National Debut Youth Fiction Award (2013)
Faraaz is the winner of the Goodreads Choice Readers Award for Best Debut (Romance) for his book, Truly Madly Deeply (quoted from Wikipedia).

Shweta Kesari:

Shweta Kesari

Shweta Kesari is a 2nd year engineering student. She is an avid reader and loves to spend time with books. She found immense pleasure in writing after reading so many books.

For her, the best way to share her feelings and emotions is to pen down whatever strikes her heart. She has keen interest in music and stories.

Shweta Kesari writes together with Shivani Chauhan she on Johntext Madhya Pradesh Book Reviews and Interviews. There are almost 400 reviews posted.

Marta Maciejewska:

marta maciejewska

Marta Maciejewska is a 25-years old speech therapist. She loves rock and classical music. She loves animals.

Marta is on Facebook. She writes on Johntext Poland.

Laura Lamarca:

Laura Lamarca

Laura Lamarca is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext United Kingdom  and All Poetry.

Laura Lamarca is a 40 year old widowed mother of three teenagers originally hailing from the northern county of Lancashire, but now residing on the South coast of England.

Laura is a professional poet and author of five books of poetry to date, the latest released in December 2011 by titled “Donec Alius Diei”.

Laura is also the creator of 26 globally recognized forms of formal poetry, these include “The Licentia Rhyme Form”, the “La`Tuin” and the “ZaniLa Rhyme Form”.

In her spare time, she teaches the art of expression through the written word to pupils all over the world at no cost to them. She also writes hugely for charity and actively supports charities that raise awareness for cancer, third world plight, dolphins, pilot whales and gun and knife crime.

She has the belief that there is a brighter day for all, given the compassion and commitment of others…one voice can raise a thousand voices, a thousand voices can raise the whole world.

Laura will raise many social issues and discuss them openly and honestly based upon her own beliefs and experiences and welcomes the input of all others, especially those who disagree… different perspectives are what draw bigger pictures and allow all others to view situations from many angles, thus allowing them to form their own opinions. She is of the belief that ultimate truth does not exist, that everything is personal perspective and probable outcome.

If you have any questions, please send them to and write “JohnText” in the subject bar. Laura will respond to all correspondence here at Johntext, so please leave your name on your email.

Thank you.

Ethel Morgan Smith:


Ethel Morgan Smith first received recognition when her essay “Come and Be Black for Me,” was published in more than 100 media outlets throughout the country in 1997. The essay is still being published every year during Black History Month, but now scholars are writing about the essay.

Ethel Morgan Smith grew up in Louisville, Alabama. She holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing/​English from Hollins University. While she was a graduate student she learned of a small African-American community in the backdoor of the College. Most of the members of the small community are direct descendants of the enslaved individuals who first arrived at Hollins with the founder of the College and early students. As a result of this finding, she published —From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College. This compelling work has been called, “a wonderful and astounding combination of historical and personal research.”

Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany is Smith’s second book was born when a German student asked, “Could she be 100% sure that there were no happy slaves?” Although this work is about her personal experience, it is designed and rooted in African American literature, culture, and history. By involving the reader in her day-to-day life, this book draws a portrait of an African American woman in a country that professes not to be racist, even though racism kept finding her.

Joan Connor wrote the following about Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany. “… the mediating narrator disappeared and I felt as if this author were speaking straight to me, to my heart. As she wrote about the struggle to acculturate to a small university town dominated by academic male hierarchy and a very married community, she struggles with loneliness and the divided self-created by ‘othering’, a struggle amplified by single motherhood and race. The narrator’s experiences in Germany both undercut and reinforce this feeling of alienation. This is a courageous and candid memoir, and, yes, it actually did move me to tears. And, yes, it also made me laugh.”

Ethel Morgan Smith has published in The New York Times; African American Review, Callaloo, and other international journals. She has received the following awards: Fulbright Fellowship- Germany; a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship- Bellagio, Italy; a visiting artist- the American Academy in Rome, a fellowship from The Women’s Studies Research Center- Brandeis University, and a Dupont Fellowship- Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

In addition, the following work is ready for publication: The House of Flowers (novel) has been a finalist for both the William Faulkner & William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest, and the James Jones Creative Writing Contest. Three chapters from the novel have already been published.

Ethel Morgan Smith was an Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University before she retired. She lives in Morgantown with her dog Lucy. Her son Marcus lives and works in the NYC area.

Professor Ethel Morgan Smith is on Facebook. She writes on .

Melissa Studdard:

Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard born August 5, 1969, Tuscaloosa, Alabama is an American author, poet, editor, book reviewer, talk show host, and professor. Her bestselling middle-grade novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The accompanying journal, My Yehidah, was released in December 2011 and was quickly adopted by art and play therapists for clinical use in adolescent therapy sessions.

Melissa Studdard’s written works are widely published and are often of a spiritual nature. They mostly focus on themes of unity, transcendence, divinity, and the human potential. She writes and publishes in the literary disciplines of poetry, short stories, novels, fantasy, young adult, middle grade, children’s, spiritual, metaphysical, interviews, and creativity journals.

Studdard is a full-time college professor at Lone Star College–Tomball and a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. From 2010 to 2012, she was an editor for The Criterion: An International Journal in English. She currently serves as an editor for Tiferet Journal, a reviewer-at-large for The National Poetry Review, and host of the blogtalkradio program Tiferet Talk, for which she has interviewed such notable figures as Julia Cameron, Edward Hirsch, Robert Pinsky, Floyd Skloot, and Bernie Siegel. (quoted from Wikipedia)

Melissa Studdard is on Facebook and Twitter. She writes on Johntext. Visit her personal homepage and find out about events and her books and contact her on .

Hans-Jürgen John:

Hans-Jürgen John ist auf LinkedIn,  Facebook und Twitter. Hans bloggt auf und Johntext Switzerland .

Hans-Jürgen John is the founder of Johntext – literature with purpose to help. Indeed he likes to help authors to have their books on the websites of authors of other countries, too.

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Es war wieder einmal Zeit für ein Kurzhaarschnitt bei mir. Wo? Natürlich bei meinem Freund Mustafa Meral in der Donaustr. 4 in Ulm …. Freunde treffen ist wie heimkommen.

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Seit Jahren brauche ich das Internet. Ebensolange gehe ich zu Burkay Sahabettin in die Herdbruckerstr. 26 in Ulm. Es ist im Vergleich zur Schweiz sehr günstig. Mit 1 Euro pro Stunde ist man im WWW unterwegs. Burkay ist immer sehr herzlich und freundlich und zuvorkommend.

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Indisch Essen war angesagt. Mit meinem langjährigen Freund Achim Wendt testeten wir das Himalaya gegenüber dem Ulmer Rathaus. Worüber wir sprachen? Das Schreiben, die Projekte, die Vergangenheit und die Zukunft. Achim rief zusammen mit seiner Lebensgefährtin Diana Wössner die Aktion “Stadtgesichter” in Ulm ins Leben. Expansion in andere Städte ist angesagt. Ein Büro in Berlin ist schon eröffnet.


Lunch time. Writing time. It is January but warm like in spring.


Two horses I like very much. Old, experienced and friendly.  Horses are beautiful.

For a few minutes I am a bartender. Who wants a Martelljito? Hopefully no one orders anything else – I am not a professional barman.


Friends – 07.01.2014

Tom - King Of Kölliken

Here you see Tom (left hand side –  06.01.2014).

There exists already a book about an intelligent cat from Olten: The King Of Olten . They say about it, it opens doors and does other things normally only possible for man.

Tom is very intelligent. As soon as it starts raining  he rans directly to the room with heated floor – the same behavior he shows if it is cold in winter.

Tom crosses the main road as following: He looks left, he looks right, then he crosses slowly the street. It happens that he stops in the middle of the road for a break. He is not only the King Of Kölliken – he is the King Of The Road.


Tired and happy – coffeehouse.


They are so cute the two little raindrops of the first book …. 🙂

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