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by John T. Biggs
What’s the matter with Glenna?
When you get struck by lightning before you're even born, things can only get worse—or that’s what
everyone believes. Poor Glenna is a pretty girl but her brain has been short-circuited. She hardly ever
talks. When she does, its mostly to people no one else can see.
Could she be the messianic visitor the spirits and the natives have awaited so long?
She calls them Shiners.
Maybe they’re ghosts. Maybe they’re Indian spirits. Glenna isn’t sure, but her invisible friends come in
handy when unsavory men try to take advantage of the childlike young woman. Like the pedophile who is
shot dead while hiding outside her house, or the teenage boy who nearly bleeds to death after kidnapping
her, or an abusive uncle who’s electrocuted.
A charismatic preacher takes a special interest in Glenna. He whisks her away to his Paraguayan mission
where he can have her all to himself. But she finds lots of friends in the rainforest—more Shiners.
They’ve been waiting for someone like Glenna for more than a thousand years.
Praise for John T. Biggs
"Magic realism comes to Oklahoma courtesy of John T Biggs, who weaves together an eccentric cast of
characters and a fast-paced plot to create something inventive, surprising, and unique. I look
forward to every word this man writes."
– William Bernhardt, New York Times Bestselling author of Challengers of the Dust
John T. Biggs
John Biggs has two dilemmas: he's seen the magic that surrounds everyone and he can't stop writing
about it. We don't know if it has anything to do with the Native American culture that surrounds him,
but we wonder. There was that business with the paint. He swears it was just a smudge on his cheek he
got when doing a little touch-up around the house, but we're not so sure.
His knowledge of the criminal underworld benefitted from a part time job as a night security guard in
Chicago and his later work as a prison dentist in Lexington, Oklahoma. His familiarity with the
mystical realm is a mystery to most who know him as a pretty regular guy.
John moved to Chicago in 1968, in time for the Democratic National Convention riots, which he didn't
attend but remembers in great detail. He's written many research articles — a very bad way to
learn the craft, he says — and started writing fiction in 2001. Since then he's published dozens
of short stories and won numerous awards, including the grand prize of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest
Writing Competition for "Boy Witch."
John and his wife travel at every opportunity. He loves reading and writing to the point of fanaticism,
and spends altogether too much time in cemeteries. He won't tell us who he talks to there, but it's clear
he's got a direct line to someone — or something — that's giving him inspiration.
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