John Kingston


The Portraits of Gods ($20, ISBN: 978-1-937536-88-6, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-122-0, LCCN: 2014951290, 6X9”, 174pp, January 2015; Purchase print copies on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or as a Kindle for $2.99): Forty-nine year-old Bryan Wakefield finds that as he approaches retirement he considers what life will be like once he is forced to abandon the daily means of escape that his job has provided from his tumultuous home life. Complicating matters, he possesses an extraordinary ability to recall specific events from any given date in his past with uncanny accuracy. It’s this very ability that causes him to dwell incorporeally in the doorway between past and present, comparing the dreams and reverie of youth to the despair of his adult life. One day, during his commute to work, Bryan misses his exit. But instead of getting off at the next, he continues driving, setting into motion events that will force him to strip away his desensitization by pitting past against present and breathe new life into his search for validity and meaningfulness. Set in California’s mythic Mayacamas Mountains, The Portraits of Gods tells the tale of lost love and one man’s struggle with the slow-acting poison of regret.

John Kingston: is a prolific writer who is the co-founder and editor of the Redwoods Society writers’ guild. His contributions have appeared in the Huffington Post, Blue Heron, and Treasure Chest of Memories. In order to support his insatiable writing addiction, he “moonlights” as a police officer. He resides in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

“Author John Kingston captures the compulsion to remake yourself in this portrait of a man trapped in middle age and middle management who misses his freeway exit one morning and just keeps on driving. But hitting the road turns out to be the easy part in a story that details the drama of everyday life.” —Gordon Young, author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City



One Response to “John Kingston”


  1. Bragging Rights and Tribes - Redwoods Society - January 26, 2015

    […] buddy John Kingston has launched his labor of love, The Portrait of Gods. Technically, Anaphora Literary Press has released it, but let’s focus on John and his […]


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