Seven Notable Women of North Carolina, Jack’s seventh book and second in his series of biographies, is due for publication in spring 2014. Next he will write about ‘young notables’ in pursuit of the goal of becoming the major chronicler of exemplary residents of the state.
Jack’s 2012 Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina (400-pages/134-photos) was nominated for the NC Literary and Historical Association ‘Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction’ (formerly The Mayflower Cup). It launched the series of comprehensive condensed biographies about exemplars who have made their marks anywhere in the state, nation or world; and who also give back to the community.
A portion of proceeds from Jack’s books are donated to the Young Writers’ Scholarship he founded in May at Warren Wilson College near Asheville. He asks fellow authors, writers and avid-readers to also support the fund.
Jack, who was a presenting author at the Fifth Annual 2013 Bookfest at Blue Ridge Community College, currently writes business articles for Leading Edge, the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce magazine; opinion columns as an anchor for www.allvoices.com (visit Jack J. Prather on the website); freelance articles, and poetry.
Jack has authored two mystery thriller novels, The Day of the Knights in 2009 and Investigative Reporter in 2011; and Speaking Up in Poetry & Prose in 2007 that targeted social, political and religious issues important to all Americans, and was featured at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock where his Sandburg Homage was displayed. He wrote two strategic public relations guidebooks, including All PR is Local in 2002 that was acquired by Amazon-Booksurge in 2004; and a two-hour video produced by WSUS-TV in 1991.
For 13 years as a journalist for two newspapers and a UPI contributor, Jack earned six New Jersey Press Association writing and editing awards, including ‘Best Column/All Divisions’. He has also won awards for magazine feature articles, op-ed pieces ghost-written for his clients, and poetry.
Founder of the Prather Strategic Public Relations Group in 1978, Jack served diverse clients served that included two United States Congressmen and two state legislators; Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat and Space Farms Zoo and Museums; a Playboy Resort and ski areas; and healthcare, legal, realty, accounting and financial firms.
He was the PR consultant to Ames Rubber Corporation, winner of the 1993 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award presented by President Clinton in Washington D.C. His several professional honors include The National Communicators ‘Award of Distinction’ in 1996.
In 2005, Jack and wife Pam, former New Yorkers who resided in NJ for 25 years, moved to Hendersonville following two-years in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
FNP Publishing Model
Jack’s poetry book and first novel were released by PublishAmerica; and five of his books via Future Now Publishing that he founded in 1986 using a traditional-publishing company model. FNP manages the editing, design, and distribution of his books that are printed and marketed internationally by Amazon’s CreateSpace program.
FNP consists of Editorial Board Chairman Rick Rickerson, Charleston College Professor Emeritus and co-author and editor of The Five-Minute Linguist; cover and interior designer Chris Condrey of Imperative Alternative Solutions; and adviser Pam Prather. The FNP goal is to ensure that the quality and competitiveness of Jack’s works equal that of traditional publishers.
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Posted Amazon.com Reviews:
E. M. Rickerson, Author The Five-Minute Linguist - A well-researched, fast-paced thriller that's hard to put down. Besides the plot, which has interesting twists, relationships among the characters are well drawn. Some excellent dialog, especially debates on social and theological issues. Remind at times of Day of the Jackal or The DaVinci Code. A good read!Joseph Rem, Esq. (Hackensack, NJ) - In his latest novel, Jack Prather really hit his stride. He creates characters that jump off the page. It's in the mind of the serial killer that we live, seeing the world through his eyes, and more importantly, his mind. If you enjoy matching wits with the pursuer, and the anxiety of knowing the next innocent you encounter in the book may be living his final moments then this book is for you. 'Page turner' does not begin to describe the suspense. The shame is the book had to end, and the reader has to exit this sweetly earnest, violent yet romantic world.
Ronald E. Meyer (Dayton, Ohio) – Through the years, through two families, through two continents seemingly disconnected comes a story with an historical perspective and psychological insight. The serial killer, bred in an Italian family, arrives in New York when the 9/11 disaster changed many lives. This is an intriguing, fast paced narrative. It twists and turns and keeps the reader engaged right to the end. Prather's research makes it very believable. Douglas Laird (Celebration , FL) - WOW!! - This is fast paced, almost non-stop connected action and plot lines about the lives of two converging, very disparate brother personalities. Very detail oriented and factually correct and pertinent - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Joslyn Bleick, Mountain Lore Books -Do you like a great novel with plot twists and turns? Do you like a well-written, intellectual epic? Then this novel is a must read. Although largely plot-driven, this book also depicts deep characterizations. You will miss the characters when you finish.
Charleen Bertolini (Hendersonville, NC) -Superb book that grabs your attention and interest from the start. Extremely well researched and written. Ties human relationships, religion and current events together as the stories interweave. Written as fiction but you wonder, is this real?