About the Author:
John Blenkush grew up in rural Minnesota, the sixth sibling out of ten to a dairy
farmer and housewife.
He was born February 21st, 1953 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota while a three day
blizzard raged outside.
Much of John's time in those early years was devoted to doing chores around the
farm; milking cows, tending livestock, picking rocks from the fields, sowing and
harvesting crops, processing wood, shoveling snow, and hoeing a garden with
endless rows. Yet there was ample time for play, and with six sisters and three
brothers, plenty of playmates to choose from. Endless hours were spent
romping through the 140 acres of pasture land and beyond, swimming in the
local ponds and lakes, and sledding and ice skating when winter arrived. Even
elementary school was an adventure as "we walked a mile in sub-zero weather to
and from school, climbing hills, and facing into a headwind both ways."
John's creativity showed up at an early age in his artwork and handicraft and
would prove to serve him well in his studies and his varied career as a
tradesman and craftsman. He continues to work forty hours a week at a
California State University.
It wouldn't be until some years later that John discovered his penchant and
passion for the written word. Capitalizing on the work ethic he ingrained at an
early age, he began to spend the early hours of his mornings writing, and with
that , The Dothorian Door was born.
John lives in northern California, and is the proud father of two sons. He is an
avid hiker/backpacker, recreational mountain climber, and marathon runner. He
loves to snow board and is making a run at wake boarding. He dedicates time to
charitable causes, frequently running as a member of Fred's Team in an effort to
raise funds for cancer research.
John self-published The Dothorian Door and has written two other novels: Hell's Kettle and Rue The Day.