John Nichols (i.e. yours truly) was born on July 23, 1940. I've published nineteen books (11 novels, 8 works of non-fiction) and once spent twenty years writing Hollywood screenplays, great work if you can get it. Where did the money go...? Your guess is as good as mine.
I published my first novel, The Sterile Cuckoo (1965) when I was 24. My most recent novel, The Empanada Brotherhood (2007) hit bookstores shortly after my sixty-seventh birthday. It's been a quick trip.
Alan Pakula directed a film of The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minelli who earned a 1969 Academy Award Nomination in her role as Pookie Adams. Robert Redford directed my third novel, The Milagro Beanfield War (1974), in a 1988 movie that starred Sonia Braga, Carlos Riquelme, Ruben Blades, Christopher Walken, Julie Carmen, Daniel Stern, Melanie Griffith, Freddy Fender and 800 other actors. I shared a credit on the script.
I also rewrote a picture for the Greek director, Costa-Gavras, called Missing (1982) that starred Jack Lemon and Sissy Spacek.
Minor factoid: My second novel, The Wizard of Loneliness (1966) was made into a 1988 film starring Lea Thompson, Lukas Haas, Lance Guest, Dylan Baker, and John Randolph.
I live in northern New Mexico. I've been married and divorced three times, helped raise two kids, and survived open-heart surgery in 1994. 1 am not to be confused with the other John Nichols, a younger version who writes for The Nation and other venues, and publishes books like It's the Media, Stupid and Dick: The Man Who is President. He's a great writer, and, like myself, politically progressive, but he did not write An Elegy for September, Conjugal Bliss, The Magic Journey, American Blood, The Nirvana Blues, A Ghost in the Music, or The Voice of the Butterfly, I did.
If you want want a rundown on the novels and non-fiction books I've published, click the tab that says BOOKS. If you want to look up a bit of biographical stuff, click the tab marked BIOGRAPHY. If you're interested in a few critical REFERENCES, click that tab.
If you're an environmentalist and you think the human race can still save our planet from global warming, click the tab marked LOTSA LUCK.
I used to be the last writer in America without a website, but obviously this is no longer the case. However, I draw the line at e-mail and the Internet. If you want to get in touch with me for any reason you'll have to use snail mail. The address is:
P.O. Box 1165
Taos, New Mexico 87571
You better hurry, though. As of July 2009 I’m 69 years old, my heart is locked in permanent atrial fibrillation, I take Lanoxin and an aspirin every day, and my doctor says I'm a walking time bomb ready to have a stroke.