Short version: Writer. Born in Nashville, TN; raised in Cupertino, CA. Married 35 years to Catherine (who goes by Cat), an accountant and photographer. Lived in San Diego nineteen years before, in August 2015, moving to Asheville, NC.
I began my writing career by publishing, in the early 1990’s, a dozen short stories in as many little literary magazines. After moving to San Diego in 1996, I became a freelance writer for quite literally every publication in that city, including San Diego Magazine, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Jazz and Blues, Mean Street, and The San Diego Reader (which has the largest circulation of any alternative weekly publication in the country). During this time I also freelanced for websites AOL’s City Guide, Microsoft’s Sidewalk San Diego, and E! Online.
Three months into freelancing I was given a one-page column in San Diego’s largest music tabloid, SLAMM (now San Diego CityBeat); three months later I was named SLAMM’s editor.
After a year at SLAMM I was hired by The San Diego Union-Tribune as founding editor and primary writer for the Entertainment section of their then-new $4 million website. There (and always under the watchful scrutiny of a phalanx of the newspaper’s veteran print editors), I wrote and published 30,000-35,000 words per week. I also ran a weekly online column, “Cordials, Tonics & Zombies,” which received some 45,000 page views per week.
After a year at SignOn, I took the position of managing editor of On Air, the monthly four-color subscriber magazine published by San Diego’s public broadcasting station, KPBS.
A year later I was named executive editor of San Diego’s Decor & Style magazine (148-page four-color monthly; circulation 55,000). A year after that I was hired as founding editor of a four-color magazine in San Diego called Downtown.
Following the success of Downtown I moved on to editing books—and from there to ghostwriting them, and finally to writing my own.
From 2007 to 2014 I ran one of the most-read blogs in the country (which, besides on my own site, also ran on The Huffington Post). My blog was viewed over 3 million times, and generated over 300,000 comments. (Typically, I did 200K-300K views per month.)
In 2014 I shut my blog down in order to work uninterrupted on my novel, What I Did To You, which will be available in Winter 2018.
I currently write an advice column, Ask John Shore, for The Asheville Citizen-Times, the major daily newspaper in Asheville, NC. If you’ve got a personal question you’d like me to answer in that column, send it to: AskJohnShore@gmail.com.
I’m also author of the serial novel Ashes to Asheville.