John Dyson was born in a mining village called Lepton in Yorkshire, England and grew up in England before moving to New York when he was 32. His father was a clerk at the local colliery and his mother was a housewife. John was educated at Hull University and graduated with a degree in Pure Mathematics
After graduating John returned home and worked in a Dyestuffs Warehouse for two years. The work was difficult at first because he didn't have much muscle. He also didn’t fit in, but given time, he was able to move heavier drums of dye than the other workers. He managed this by using body and head momentum to pull drums into a rolling position. After that, the teasing stopped, as he could point to a particularly heavy drum and say “I can move that.”
After two years John left the dye works and travelled south first to London and then to Kent. Finding it difficult to fit in at his job in Kent John left England in 1979 for a one year assignment in New York City. Soon after moving to New York City John discovered that he liked the place and he has lived there ever since.
John became interested in writing fiction ten years ago when he read a how-to book called “You Can Write a Novel” by James V. Smith Jr. on a flight from New York to Florida. It’s a short book and he finished the book on the plane. After that, he began to think about writing a novel. His first novel was called "Rhythm 'n' Blues."
John’s influences include British authors Alan Bennett, Nick Hornby and David Storey. And American authors Dennis Johnston, Carl Hiaasen, Edward Abbey, Jennifer Egan and Adelle Waldman. He learned story from attending Robert McKee's Story Seminar. He learned to give and take literary criticism at fiction writing classes at Gotham Writers Workshop.
John is a member of the The Writers Room
in New York City. He will also be attending The Writers Digest Pitch Conference
in New York in August, 2021.