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Brief Bio for John Gilstrap:

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Total Mayhem, Scorpion StrikeFinal TargetFriendly FireAgainst All Enemies, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He is contracted to write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom.

A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

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John Gilstrap
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Suspenseful plot with plenty of action, emotion, and gun fights
An interview with John from Military Press

Listen to an interview with John from The Story Blender

Two videos of John Gilstrap interviewed for Voices in Mystery by host Nancy Carlson:

Shooting for Thrills (PDF)
Northern Virginia Magazine profiles John Gilstrap.

An Interview with John Gilstrap, Author of Scott Free
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by survival stories. There’s something very compelling about the notion of one person stranded in the wilderness, pitted against impossible odds, somehow triumphing over it all.

An Interview with Novelist/Screenwriter John Gilstrap
Sometimes, if all the planets in the constellation line up in just the right way, you hit paydirt not once, but twice. That’s the delightful situation John Gilstrap found himself in. Two days after selling the North American hard cover rights to his novel Nathan’s Run, he suddenly found himself in a bidding war for the movie rights that most writers can only dream of.

Middle School Library Book Challenged
Unhappy about profanity and violence in a school library book, a Bozeman parent is challenging whether the fictional Nathan’s Run should stay on the shelves at Chief Joseph Middle School.