About John :
John F. VerPlanck grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He has lived in California, Alaska, New York and Maine, where he now resides with his wife, Jennifer. As well as a wine store owner and operator, John loves writing. He is an author of two current novels: Pacific Air 55 is Missing and the sequel, Tailwind.
John began flying at age sixteen in the Bay area with the Civil Air Patrol. At eighteen he joined the Marines and eventually flew C-130's in the Marine Corps in the 1960's. Once a Marine, always a Marine. After serving in the Marine Corps Air Wing, he spent over three decades in international commercial aviation as a flight operations officer. He has traveled extensively as well as working and living in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Scandinavia. He developed a taste for international wines and beer through his travels, which have led to the retail wine and beer store which he owns with his wife, Jennifer Laskey, in Harpswell, Maine.
John has always loved competition and enjoyed racing in the Amateur Sports Car Club of America circuit. John's favorite race cars were his 1961 Elva Courier and his 1958 Alfa Romeo Veloce ; his other drive was a 1955 Porsche Speedster,all of which he wishes he still had... His love of racing extended to motorcycles and several Nortons that he fondly yearns for. John loves sailboat racing and has crewed on a yacht race in Hawaii in the past; they actually won!
John also has a twin love, which is literature. He attended San Jose State, with a major in English Literature. He has read extensively and is always reading. John has taught High School English, Airline ETOPS and MNPS and is a free-lance writer with several articles published in Aviation Week and Air Transport World.
Life in Maine,especially in the winter, is mostly in the slow lane, which is when John writes. Both of his novels are fast-paced adventure stories, which involve a group of friends, a mystery, international crime and airplanes (of course) and center on themes of flight, escape, interpersonal relationships and the meaning of morality.
A third book and novella are in the process of publication. All of John's books are available in paperback at The Black Sheep Wine and Beer Shop in Harpswell, Maine ( the Verplanck family store) or through Amazon and in e-book / Kindle form.