J.J.Overton is from Coventry, in England’s industrial West Midlands. He served an apprenticeship as a precision toolmaker, studied mechanical engineering, and is a Freeman of the City of Coventry. He was a director of Grey and Rushton Precision Tools, and subsequently was involved with quality control at Alfred Herbert Machine Tools, Massey Ferguson and Courtaulds Structural Composites.

2017-09-23
Fiction or fact? You decide.
Here's an interesting thought. It relates to what someone very close to me said years ago. At the time I shrugged the comment off out of hand, and now, I realise, rather arrogantly. Let me explain . . . 'You know, whatever humans can imagine will eventually become reality,' he...

2017-09-18
Inspiration, and the start of a story.
We have an allotment, and a number of years ago, before the resurgence of interest in growing your own vegetables, our allotment association gave about two hundred plots back to the local council. The area has since been turned into a nature reserve. A few months ago, number two son,...

2017-09-18
Inspiration
We have an allotment, and a number of years ago, before the resurgence of interest in growing your own vegetables, our allotment association gave about two hundred plots back to the local council. The area has since been turned into a nature reserve. A few months ago, number two son,...

2017-09-15
I've made my own book cover.
I've just recently finished the manuscript of 'Second Pass', which is the second volume in my science fiction series I have called The Grid Saga. Mike Williams, and my wife, Sandra have been beta reading, and have given constructive observations, which I have listened to. I agreed with most of...

2017-08-21
Book promotion, library method
To gain traction for my science fiction book, Leofwin's Hundred, I recently offered it in ebook format, free of charge. I was pleased that there was some response. As part of the deal I asked those who responded if they would leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, or both...

2017-08-21
Another book promotion method
To gain traction for my science fiction book, Leofwin's Hundred, I recently offered it in ebook format, free of charge. I was pleased that there was some response. As part of the deal I asked those who responded if they would leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, or both...

2017-08-14
Something different this way comes
The follow up to Leofwin's Hundred, Second Pass is finished now, all I have to do is decide on a cover image and then it can go to press. Something interesting is happening. Just recently I have noticed some unusual characters hovering close by, inhabiting the borders of consciousness. Sometimes...

2017-07-24
An interesting change
Sandra and I had a text from Andy (the adventurous helicopter pilot) and his wife Abby, who live amongst the hills of Shropshire. "How would you like to pay us a visit," they said. "Stay with us for a few days." They have a barn conversion to dream about so...

2017-07-24
Interview with JJ
Sandra and I had a text from Andy (the adventurous helicopter pilot) and his wife Abby, who live amongst the hills of Shropshire. "How would you like to pay us a visit," they said. "Stay with us for a few days." They have a barn conversion to dream about so...

2017-07-02
Books in pubs.
The other day I went to The Bear with David, my oldest son. The Bear is on the corner of a crossroad in the village of Berkswell, a leafy village in the heart of what used to be the ancient county of Warwickshire before being divided into larger administrative areas....

2017-05-28
Free offer
The free offer of the Leofwin's Hundred ebook is now closed. Thanks to all of you who took part in the offer to receive a free ebook in exchange for reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Until next time, JJ posted by J.J. Overton on July, 19...

2017-05-25
Review of Lee Child's 'Gone Tomorrow'
For anyone who reads Lee Child's Jack Reacher books, who hasn't read 'Gone Tomorrow', I recommend you get hold of a copy and give it a try. Gone Tomorrow is different to the other Reacher books I have read because it is written in the first person. This becomes obvious...

2017-05-25
Review of The unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
This is the first of Rachel Joyce's books I have read and I was not disappointed with it. The newspaper reviews on the first few pages of the book summarise well the quality of the writing, the humour and the charm to be found within the pages. Nevertheless, this book...

2017-05-01
Review of 'The Jungle',
The Jungle. Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul by Clive Cussler My rating: 2 of 5 stars 'The Jungle' has a good concept for a storyline, and the prologue is intriguing. However, there are two styles of writing in this book, the good and the not so good. I got...

2017-04-04
Review of Echo Burning by Lee Child
This book has the usual pacy style one comes to expect from Lee Child. The indomitable character, Jack Reacher bats on through all adversity right to the end, determined to stick to his principles. The story, situated around the towns of Echo and Pecos, in Texas, blazes with hot, sultry...

2017-03-26
Free ebook
The Science fiction ebook, Leofwin’s Hundred by JJ Overton, is being offered free to the first 50 who apply in exchange for a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. *** In an isolated remnant of the Forest of Arden Jem Dearden finds a structure built by an alien race. It is...

2017-03-17
Price reduction
I have reduced the price of the print version of my science fiction book, Leofwin's Hundred, to $15.49. If you are interested you can buy it from CreateSpace, here's the link: https://www.createspace.com/5791378 posted by J.J. Overton on July, 16...

2017-03-14
Brief encounters
We decided to go for a walk today. After spending a week away in Weymouth, down in Dorset, we felt we had to get into the countryside. We aren't people for routine, and we recoiled at the thought of getting back into mundane things, so the question was, where to...

2017-03-05
A pint of beer and a book
You may remember my post of a few months back where I told you how I had arranged for my science fiction book, Leofwin's Hundred to be on sale in the Queen's Head public-house, in Meriden. This resulted in a number of sales. It was an enjoyable arrangement. I would...