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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Massa  

Pen Name: Powers Molinar

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


Illinois Connection

I was born in Highland Park, grew up in Lincolnshire, and went to Stevenson High School in Prairie View. The main characters in my debut novel are from the fictional town of Newkastel, a suburb north of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While I work as a process engineer and project manager during the day, my passion is writing science fiction. My debut novel, ''Spartanica'', is the culmination of several year's of part-time effort mostly late at night and on weekends when I wasn't enjoying time with my wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting ''Spartanica'' written. When not writing, I enjoy playing board games like ''Settlers of Catan'', ''Agricola'', and ''Pandemic'' with my family and friends as well as video games.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Spartanica (The Survivors of Sapertys)
ISBN: 1493717154

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

Heart-pounding action. Fantastical creatures. Epic battles for survival. Staggering betrayal.

Spartanica, the first book in The Survivors of Sapertys Series, is an engaging young-adult/teen science fiction adventure novel that traces the fates of middle-school brothers Ty and Marcus Mitchell after they find themselves abandoned among the apocalyptic ruins of a decimated metropolis on a parallel world.

Wanting nothing more than to survive long enough to get home, the boys soon learn they only have seven days to escape as they find themselves suddenly embroiled in a contentious battle for planet-wide domination against ruthless, animalistic desert warriors called the Desrata.

The brothers soon find they aren't completely alone in their quest as they befriend young survivors of Spartanica's "last day" and come together to forge a unified front against their common foe. But are these kids truly fugitives from the Desrata death camps, or are they hiding something deadly?

Never quite sure exactly who to trust, Ty and Marcus stumble upon ominous realities about Spartanica that they never could have suspected. How could it all be true? How could this have happened? Will they ever get home?

Hold on tight. The truths hidden in and around Spartanica are sinister and shocking. Enjoy the ride!

Speaking Engagements

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My primary purpose in writing is to get more kids to read more books. I believe every kid has the potential to lead an exceptional life and reading is a foundational piece of that.