FICTION & NON-FICTION
John is originally from Guilderland, NY, but moved to Arizona in 1999 and is a retired graphic designer, advertising art director, copywriter and illustrator.
He spends much time now at his 40 acre off the grid ranch in northern Arizona, occasionally joined by his lovely and forbearing wife Wendy. Many of his stories were written there during the quiet starry nights amid the howls of coyotes, hooting owls and things that go bump in the night.
"Like many authors, I draw from personal experiences and relationships but have deployed them in a fictionalized way. I have also asked several authors if they have ever liked or fallen in love with their fictional characters as I have. They are sometimes as real to me as some of the characters who are based on real people. I must confess to having fallen in love with one of the totally fictional persons. Who knows, you may too."
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Note that these are all 6" x 9" paperbacks. That makes page counts seem smaller than small trade paperbacks.
A NOTE ON WORD COUNT
I list word counts as reference for length because page count is meaningless because it depends on the type font size as well as page size.
As a general industry rule:
- Novels start at 40,000
-Short Stories up to 7,500
Novellas fall in between
H.G Wells, The Time Machine, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Orwell's Animal Farm are novellas.
Length also depends on genre.
For example: epic science fiction fantasy books run often to 100,000 words or more.
See below notes for my
viewpoints on story-telling.
John's best seller:
The one that started a series and included in the upgraded version
Tommy Polito's Tavern.
See more about the inspiration
for this book at this web site:
A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland, NY
Ash Fork, Arizona
to the howls of coyotes
and hooting owls.
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AUTHORS NOTE -
to those who haven’t read my books or other stories, or even those who have. Most of my novels are not monster reads. Compact prose is my term for it. I like to get in hard giving readers something to think about while bringing them through plot twists and realistic characters often mixed with action, romance, and complicated relationships. Many characters are based on real people I've known. Locations often places I have been. Situations I have personally encountered. Making stuff up for the sake of doing so is not necessary unless I’m writing fantasy, Gothic Romance or sword and sorcery alternate world adventure. Since I don’t write those genres, it doesn’t matter much.
I rarely write for the purpose of entertainment alone nor do I think that every pimple on a character’s face, object or location needs diarrhea of the word processor to describe. Readers, including myself, enjoy adding imagination and visualization for themselves. Endless, convoluted sub-plots and characters won’t be found either.
As a writer, I am also a reader. I have waded through some books up to 1,400 pages, like Watership Down or The Stand and enjoyed them. I find that shorter books like Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, H.G. Wells The Time Machine or Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front carry as much message and emotional impact as huge volumes.
Lastly, since I self-publish, all books are set in slightly larger than normal type, to be easily read with tired eyes, in dim light or dark alleys while hiding from a villainous character.
SOME FRIENDS HAVE ASKED
why the hell, I write so many stories and why so damn late in life.
The answer is quite simple. When I was young, I didn’t know shit and lacked any real experience in the world. In the middle part of my life I was too busy working for a living while also collecting thoughts, experiences and observations about the world we live in, societal foibles and the human condition. The good, the bad and sometimes the seriously ugly.
When I finally take the ‘dirt nap’ all of that will go away, so I write it down, albeit deployed in fictional and hopefully interesting way. Some of it ain’t fiction. Some of it is heartwarming and some rather frightening. Even in my more whimsical stories like ‘Lola, Sam & The Jackalope,’ the animal characters face the realities of life, human love and human cruelty. They also ponder the truth or fallacy of mythical beliefs, the meaning of life and life after death while going about various adventures.
Every novel, novella, or short story no matter what the subject or genre contains something to think about.
So, there you have it – the long and the short of it.
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A unique coming of age story set in the 1920's in a small rural village in northern New Mexico.
It paints a vivid and heart felt picture of not only the times and place but a culture now long gone.
Five boys aspire to become Hermanos, religious leaders and elders of the village.
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NAPOLEON & LEE
Great Captains of Military History
or just Lucky Bastards?
This concise book does not cover every battle or campaign they participated in but instead focuses on those where the dice were tossed -- sometimes recklessly or desperately and what the result was or could have been. Most military historians as well as the public in general consider both Lee and Napoleon to be great commanders. This book examines whether or not that is true.
Written also to appeal to readers who have only a general interest in history as well as those who have read extensively.
Copiously illustrated with custom maps, photos and vintage illustrations.
Size: 6” x 9” - 76 pages – 14,000 words.
TOMMY POLITO’S TAVERN
This is a story of a town the way it was and never will be again. It was a tavern, like thousands of others across America that shaped many a memory and many a life.
It is also the story of a man, long gone but never forgotten.
Parts of this book originally published
in the novella Tommy Polito’s Tavern and
A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland, NY
- Volumes One and Two.
Including many vintage photographs.
This book also includes the original
novella Tommy Polito's Tavern -
Published in 2016.
Fiction and non-fiction
THE REAL INCONVENIENT TRUTH
POLLUTION, GLOBAL WARMING, DISEASE, WAR, FAMINE, CORRUPTION, GENETIC DEFECTS, DECAYING URBAN AREAS, AND RELIGIOUS ZEALOTRY.
These are only a few problems facing humanity
today but are they the largest or most terrifying?
Most were predicted and the cause identified over a half century ago by a man long dead.
Long before computers, the internet, social media and the technological explosion of the 21st century he cataloged, graphed, spoke and wrote about it.
Heavily illustrated with charts and graphs
Faded photographs, covered now with lines and creases, tickets torn in half, memories of times and places…
The town of Guilderland has a long, rich history dating even before its incorporation in 1803. This well documented. For those interested, Images of America – Guilderland, NY by Alice Begley and Mary Ellen Johnson is a good read.
For the baby boomer generation however, the town holds a different history, not covered in any textbook. We did not consider it history at the time because we were living in it. Places we lived, loved, learned, worked and played, taken for granted, as though nothing would ever change. Those days from the 1950’s to 1980’s, were times of great change, not only in the culture of America, but also as reflected in the town.
The town of Guilderland, a mostly rural suburb coupled with the hamlet of Guilderland Center and the village of Altamont, nestled quietly between Albany and Schenectady. McKownville, Westmere, and the eastern part of the hamlet of Guilderland proper, closest to Albany saw the first rise in housing developments. Altamont was a self-contained village. The town was just beginning to move into full suburban mode. Crowing roosters, farmer’s fields, road stands and empty fields, streams and woods, replaced by ice cream shops, diners, bowling alleys bars, burger joints, housing developments and schools. To coin a phrase, it might have been be called – “burbrural.”
Like much of history, it didn’t last long. Pictorial evidence is scarce. What little there is resides in old photo albums or shoe boxes. And in this book. The day of digital images from cameras, phones or tablets was decades away. Who gave any thought to snapping a photo of Carvel, Frosty, The Penguin or Dutcher’s ice cream? We ate, drank and caroused at Fonda’s, Hopper’s, Tommy Polito’s, Dell’s, The Late ‘n’ Lazy or the Village Drummer. Take photos? – no way.
Few pictures taken, because little thought was put into these and many other places that filled our lives and memories. If photos are scarce, memories, stories and anecdotes remain. The photos and stories garnered from many sources. Some from the author’s personal archives, others from the Facebook page – You know you’re from Guilderland when… Many are from people, like the author, who grew up in town and in some cases still reside there or nearby. Photos may fade but memories remain intact - for the most part.
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This book is the requested sequel to the well-received original volume: "A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland" published in 2017. New stories and new photographs. In contrast to the first book, this one focuses more on personal memories than geography and landmarks. The first volume had 34 contributors of stories and graphics. The one has over 60!
Places we lived, loved, learned, worked and played, taken for granted, as though nothing would ever change. Those days from the 1950’s to 1980’s, were times of great change, not only in the culture of America, but also as reflected in the town. Like much of history, it didn’t last long.
In addition, it has a lengthy chapter about The Guilderland Players at Guilderland Central High School.
154 pages 6" x 9"
with many photographs and maps
This book is the last sequel to the well-received books, A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland, and A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland Part II published in 2017 and early 2018. Unlike the first two volumes, this isn’t organized by sections of town because much of that was covered previously. People who contributed stories, anecdotes and photos (see appendix) are in individual sub-chapters. I have found or been given much new material covering the way it was, the way it is now, the way we were and where we are now.
THE WAY IT WAS
THE WAY WE WERE
WHERE WE ARE NOW
136 pages - loaded with photos.
I STARTED OUT AS A CHILD
ALCOHOL IS MY LIFE
BEING MARRIED, MARRIED & MARRIED
ON HAVING KIDS – OR NOT
BATHROOMS OF AMERICA
HUMOR IN UNIFORM
MEET THE NEIGHBORS
POLITICS AND OTHER FORMS OF INSANITY
COMMUNICATION IS THE PROBLEM TO THE ANSWER
GETTING OLDER SUCKS
(I STILL HAVE MINE BUT IT
HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS)
THE TITLE of this book originated from a conversation I had with my eldest son a few years back. A widower late in life, I remarried and my two young adult sons acquired a stepmother. Soon I noticed that when they called home, they most often called my wife instead of me. When I asked my oldest son why that was, he responded, “No offense dad, but you can be a little out there.” He went on to say his stepmother, Wendy, was more down to earth and more able to answer his more practical and straightforward questions without drifting off topic or launching into a story he had heard countless times before. Thinking about this, I realized he was right.
My father, in his older years, had been much the same way. He had a story for every conversation and every call I made to him invariably went back in time, ending often with the mention of his favorite car – a 1949 Dodge with fluid drive. Dad would then pontificate on the reasons the auto industry perfidiously buried that particular transmission design. He too, was a little out there and even though he couldn’t remember what he had for breakfast, stories from thirty or forty years ago flowed freely. A ten-minute trip to the supermarket for three items took him at least an hour. He was a gregarious sort whose motto as eventually put on his grave in 2011 was, “Who’d you meet along the way.”
Two months before the end of his life, his body and mind failing, I had the opportunity during one of his lucid moments to tell him face-to-face what a great dad he was and rattled off a long list of things we had done together. His response was, “How do you remember all that shit?”
The apple didn’t roll too far from the tree.
DESCENDANTS OF CONRAD KRESGE
THE STORY OF A SMALL TWIG
This is the story of two families. One founded an empire that at one time was the second largest retail store chain in North America. The other, a very small twig of that family tree, “scattered like a hand grenade,” all over America. The first family became obscenely rich. The other has a few nickels to rub together but is rich in experiences and travels.
We are all descendants of Conrad Kresge who came to America in the 1740’s. His great-great grandson, Sebastian Sperle Kresge, founded the S.S. Kresge Company in 1897 in Memphis Tennessee. His stores proliferated throughout the 20th century, eventually becoming Kmart, in 1962. Its rise and fall told from that time, until its predicted demise in 2018.
Their story parallels a unique time in American history starting near the beginning of the 20th century. Inventions like the automobile, telephone, airplane, phonograph, radio and motion pictures that would shape the coming century were in their infancy. Great industrial giants like, General Electric and the American Locomotive Company were coming into being following in the footsteps and eventually eclipsing the likes of the Rockefellers, Carnegies and Astor’s. America itself was growing and transforming from a mostly rural country to one of urban and suburban epicenters of new business empires. The people of America, both old stock and immigrants were changing and adapting to the new order of things – and perhaps things to come.
with many photos
CONFESSIONS OF A GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Surviving and thriving in the graphic design, illustration and advertising world 1975-2016
Memoirs and a guide for those who are in the business, about to enter the business and those even thinking about entering the business.
This book also contains practical tips and advice from a professional creative director, art director, designer, illustrator and business owner for over forty years.
All of the examples in this book reproduced
in black and white because of the budget constrictions of
“print on demand” paperback books.
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In its time Tombstone, Arizona was indeed a tough place, rowdy and lawless for the most part until the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil came to town. Whether they cleaned up the town or simply cleaned up financially, has been the subject of countless books, articles and essays. Regardless of those controversies, the Earp’s along with Wyatt’s friend Doc Holiday, a disreputable character in his own right, did take part in the famous “Gunfight at the OK Corral.” Many considered it more of an ambush or murder, but that is outside the scope of this book. It lasted eighteen minutes. Since then, the event and the participants (dead or alive) have been the subject of countless movies, television dramas, and books. Today, it is now reenacted, almost daily and businesses throughout town are devoted to the legend.
If that single event warrants the nickname “too tough to die,” so be it. However, there are other definitions of tough. Hard work, grit, sweat, perseverance, determination, adaptability and survival also define that word.
If so, Ash Fork deserves the name tough, for it has been exactly that for far longer. It was, and still is, tough because of all of the hardships, economic booms, busts and catastrophic fires in 1893, 1905, 1977 and 1987 it has endured. And that in an area of geography that is just plain tough to live on. Good times always followed by downright hard times, but the people have carried on to this day.
THE GREAT WESTERN ROAD
THE MOTHER ROAD ROUTE 66
THE TOWN TODAY – TOUGH AS EVER
NEW RESIDENTS & OFF-GRID LIVING
with many illustrations and photographs
Everything I needed to know about life
I learned on a baseball field…
Life lessons generously mixed with humor,
dust, tears, grass stains and the smell of leather.
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From Germany to Okinawa 1946-1953
When traditional methods fail, a man searching for information about the father he never knew and listed as K.I.A. by the US Army in Korea turns to other means and embarks on a fascinating but frightening journey.
A slightly fictionalized story based on
true stories from the journal of an American service man 1945-1953 - The author's father.
The Appendix also offers the history
of the Constabulary in Germany and the revolt
at Geoji (Koji) Island during the Korean war.
Although this is partially a work of fiction, the historical references are accurate and many of the events and details are based on true stories and memoirs, found in a detailed journal that I inherited from my late father John L. Green Jr. upon his death in 2011. Of course, the opening and ending framing device is also fictitious as are the names of the main characters. In this journal, my father never disclosed the true nature of the mission to Manchuria, if he even knew it nor did he ever speak of it to either my brother or me, a testament to his ability to uphold his reputation as “a man who can keep his mouth shut.” Likewise, the shooting on the Czech border was something he spoke about only in general terms and only to my brother when he was very old. The one love scene regarding him and my mother is also entirely fictitious - I think. His views on the military, sometimes very cynical, and especially regarding the officers and men I heard many times as a boy.
AND OTHER STORIES OF THE WEST
John Franklin Green and Edward C. Hartshorn
Set amidst the true story of the revolt in Taos, New Mexico in 1680, a young man of the Pueblo, counseled by his grandfather,
Eah Walla must decide what a man should do.
THE LAST GUNFIGHT IN ASH FORK
Young Jordie Conboy learns that legends and heroes
are seldom what they seem.
In the end, everyone left Angel Rock - one way or another. None would ever forget how the first death came - swift and without warning on the first night a stranger rode into town.
Includes a detailed history of the New Mexico revolt
and a brief history of Ash Fork, Arizona
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This volume contains a limited sampling of work from the period 1972-2015.Some show roots in New York and some in the Southwest: Arizona and New Mexico. Some from the 70's have no roots at all. Wadda surprise. Make of them what you will. I just make them. Some thematic explanation is offered inside.
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A concise photographic look at Ash Fork,
Arizona and surrounding countryside. A
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A pictorial trip along historic route 66 through
Ash Fork, Seligman, Peach Springs, Valentine,
Truxton and Hackberry.
A BABY BOOMERS HISTORY OF GUILDERLAND, NY
I must say that I am immensely enjoying the baby boomers history of Guilderland. You included my great grandfather and great grandmother (Pop Carpenter whom we referred to as Bomboo), my grand father (Ralph Carpenter) and even my best friend and his mother (Billy Wright and Gerda). Even my kinder garden teacher was mentioned. Most of my friends and family have or are getting copies to keep for themselves. Nice job!
THE STORY OF
A SMALL TWIG
Great read for the business and/or history buff alike. The rise and fall of one of the greatest retail chains is detailed beautifully here. It answers a lot of the "what ever happened to..." questions regarding many of the brick and mortar stores we grew up with. It also delves into the elaborate family history ("Twig" from the family tree") and evolution of the stores with plenty of personal anecdotes and some old print ads which I loved. I purchased a second copy for a colleague with long family history in retail knowing he would enjoy it as much as I did.
Nov 5, 2018
CONFESSIONS OF A GRAPHIC DESIGNER
As a new author, I want to learn all I can about graphic art and how I can implement designs, fonts., etc. to make good-looking covers. This book gave me an adequate and easy-to-understand explanation of several techniques I can employ while giving me a great and often humorous narrative to enjoy.
Nov 4, 2018
THE OTHER TOWN TOO TOUGH TO DIE
I sat down last night and read "The Other Town Too Tough to Die" and really enjoyed it. It now rests in my library with my other Arizona collection of books. I rarely get behind the mic without telling at least one story about Ash Fork. It had more characters than Damon Runyon could conceive. I hope our paths cross again.
Arizona State historian (retired) author, entertainer.
NAPOLEON & LEE
I reviewed this concise but well written book yesterday, it is very good, does not have to go into details that historians are used too (I am a German military historian), but is to the point to raise some great issues that run contradiction to mainstream thoughts. That in itself make it a good book. It makes you think. This is called critical thinking. John Green is also a well published author of a great array of books, and an avid wargamer.
Last night I finished Taos Uprising, a collaboration by our John Green and Eddie Hartshorn. Though stories of the old west, these aren't your stereotypical shoot-em-up cowboy stories. The first story “Taos Uprising” is a fictionalized account of the revolt of Pueblo Indians against the Spanish in the late 17th century and is rich in detail and filled with plenty of family and community drama. The attack itself is well-written and fun to read (if you like this sort of thing). The middle story,
“The Last Gunfight in Ash Fork” by John Green is the passing on of that story from one generation to the next and told with such deftness it's like hearing the story being told.
The final story “The Stranger” by Eddie Hartshorn is novella-length and draws a picture of a western town visited by a stranger who is never named, but by the end of this morality tale he learns as much about himself as we do about life in the old west.
What makes this book also worthy of being placed in the reference section of your book shelves, is that it contains an appendix with a history of the Pueblo revolt and a history of Ash Fork, Arizona. There are pictures and drawings included on some of the pages that helps bring the stories to life.
-- Steve Carr
THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT BACHMAN
Mar 28, 2017
The Immortal Sergeant becomes an endearing character in J. Franklin Green's account of military fiction based on fact. As a student of history, I found the dialogue and interactions between officers and non coms true to life (my husband, a former Marine, concurs). The love story interwoven between the military one brings Bachman to life as a real human being finding love in an unexpected place while questioning his role as a military pawn. The combat scenes offer a personal look into how these men interacted with one another in times of great peril and stress.
Overall, I found the book engaging, one I'll probably re-read as I do with my favorite books.
The historical photos combined with the appendix also make this an excellent addition to my collection of military literature.
author of El Hermano
I have to admit I approached this book with some skepticism. Military novels by people who have not served in the military have generally disappointed me. They lack reality that only us veterans can feel. Not this one!! This one grabbed my attention from the first page.
I could not stop reading it and consumed it, finishing it in less than 24 hours.
This was my first J. Franklin Green book and I loved it. This book is highly recommended. Proudly Served - Berlin Brigade.
Edward Fasset Jr. -
August 28. 2017