Getting to know…John Hohn

On deary me, I am so late getting this posted. I had to do a rush job, so this entry will be without my customary comments. Maybe that’s a good thing–ha!

Well, alrighty then. On with the blogpost:



We are bringing John back!!!! This is the sequel to Deadly Portfolio, which we took on a tour just about a month ago. But for those of you who don’t remember, here is the Author John Hohn!!!



I am a Midwesterner by birth. Yankton, South Dakota, is my hometown. I graduated from high school there in 1957. After four years earning degree in English at St. John’s University (MN), I became a teacher. My first wife, Elaine Finfrock, also of Yankton, and I had five children; four sons and a daughter. We divorced in 1977. In 1964, I joined The Travelers in Minneapolis, MN and began what turned out to be a 40 year career in the financial services industry. During the that time, in addition to The Travelers, I held positions with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wilson Learning Corporation, and Wachovia Bank and Trust. While at Wachovia, I served in many different positions, ending my tenure as a representative of the trust department services in the greater New York City area. I retired at the end of 2007 after 15 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch serving over 300 clients in the Winston-Salem, NC area.  In 1986, Melinda Folger McLeod and I were married and I gained a stepson, Matthew. Currently, we divide our time each year between our cabin New West Jefferson, NC and our cottage in Southport, NC near the Cape Fear River. I enjoy golf, music, and reading history. Since my retiring I have focused on my writing, an avocation throughout my life. In 2010, I completed my first novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing Hedge Funds and the sequel, Breached was published August 2014.


Web site:





Sales Sites: Both books are available at local bookstores everywhere. They may not be in inventory but they both can be ordered from a reader’s favorite store.

Ebook versions are available in Kindle through Amazon and all eBook formats through Smashwords.

Links are as follows:

Deadly Portfolio:


Amazon (paperback)

Amazon Kindle



Amazon (paperback)

Amazon Kindle


Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, author John J. Hohn offers Breached, a suspenseful, fast-paced sequel.

The story is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where Detective James Raker meets up with an old high school classmate.

Their reunion, however, is interrupted by murder. Gunned down is state dam inspector Norm Dennison who dies before he can prove to the homeowners around Lake Hannah that Vernon Brost, a developer, has launched an elaborate scheme to defraud them. The threat to Brost’s plans does not go away with Dennison’s death, however, as Dennison’s widow turns over the dead man’s files to Art Nichols, a Lake Hannah resident and a friend of the retired detective, James Raker. Thugs ransack Nichols’ home to recover the documents. Not finding them, they decide to break into Raker’s home where they are surprised by Raker’s girl friend, Diane Welborn. Welborn is knocked unconscious and the house is set ablaze. Together Nichols, a Viet Nam veteran, and Raker begin tracking down the intruders. Welborn is hospitalized in serious condition. While in a coma, she recalls her painful childhood, her unsuccessful fi rst marriage and her struggles to find fulfillment after her divorce. Raker’s concern for her injuries drives him in his pursuit of her attackers.

Breached is a fast-paced realistic literary mystery with a sharp focus on character development.




~~~~~~~~~~~AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN HOHN~~~~~~~~~~~

What inspired you to become an author?

Books have changed my life. They challenged my view of myself, of my place in the world and my world view. Once I lived through a period or two of painful re-examination of the way I saw things and the way I thought about life, I knew I wanted to be an author. My mother always encouraged me to write. My dad was not as enthusiastic. “That’s important, son, but you need to take care of your family first.” I don’t think he was optimistic about my chances.

What is the hardest part of writing ANY book for you?

I hit a point in writing a book where I need to question whether I have envisioned the right out come or whether the characters have taken over and that something else, possibly a better direction, ought to be the path to follow. This is always difficult because it means that I need to surrender my preconceived notions as to how everything should come to a conclusion and follow a different course to the end of the story.

What are you currently working on?

I have three projects going at the present. I plan to focus on just one as soon as the idea for the book takes over my thoughts and some momentum develops. First, I want to compile the best of the poetry that I have written over the years and put it into a volume with some of my better non-fiction pieces. The latter include some autobiographical sketches. I want to call the book The Swallow Thronged Loft from the line in Fernhill by Dylan Thomas.

I am also working on a literary piece that has the main character driving through the night to get home for his father’s funeral. While driving, he remembers significant scenes from his life with his father. He has the radio on because tornadoes are threatening in the area through which he must pass. He keeps peering out of the windshield wondering if he’ll catch of glimpse of a funnel cloud. I am tentatively calling this one Prairie Homecoming.

Finally, I am working on another James Raker mystery. Breached ends with Raker very much at sea. He is suffering from a mild case of existential despair. I can’t leave him there. At age 62, he needs to reexamine all of his assumptions about how he will find happiness and find the courage to get on with his life despite his uncertainties. With that as a started, I need to wrap his story into a mystery.


May 3

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 7

May 8

May 9


a Rafflecopter giveaway



This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s