John grew up in Los Angeles and has a BA from UCLA and JD from Loyola Law School. He has had a career as a marketing executive and is founder of GreatHouse Stories, a script and story consulting firm. He was a Board Member and head of marketing for the Palm Springs Writers Guild. He is President Emeritus and Webmaster of the Desert Screenwriting Group, one of the largest screenwriting groups in California. John is the author of three books and many published essays, articles and short stories. His book Spirit Catcher: The Life & Art of John Coltrane received the Best Biography Award from the Small Press Association.
He has had a long-term interest in symbolism and is considered a leading authority in this area. His major writings on symbolism are published on his Symbolism.Org site. He was a consultant on symbolism for the film DaVinci Code and wrote a popular column titled “Script Symbology” for Script Magazine, the world’s leading screenplay magazine.