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Say hello to John Floyd, a local author in Brandon who has written over 1000 published short stories, articles, poems, and more!
John grew up in Sallis, Mississippi with his parents and sister and graduated from Kosciusko High, after which he went to MSU for engineering. After graduating, he worked for IBM in Jackson, during which time he served in the U.S. Air Force at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, which is where he met his wife Carolyn. He says that the start of his writing career probably began in the airports and hotels on his travels during his thirty-year career at IBM.
His short stories have been featured in over 200 publications since the early nineties, after Carolyn convinced him to send his work to editors. He’s been nominated for several writing awards and won the 2007 Derringer Award for short mystery fiction. Though he’s tried out many different types of writing, he says short fiction is his favorite—a fact that can be clearly seen in his seven published short story collections. His most recent collection, The Barrens, came out in 2018 and includes a story featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2018.