In a move like that cult self-published favorite turned mega bestseller, The Shack, Once a Runner is heading towards big-house publication on April 7 via Simon and Schuster. Never heard of it? You aren’t alone, but you are a shrinking majority. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting interview with the author, John Parker. He talks about the history, his fans, etc.
It also seems he is not afraid to toot his own horn. When asked why his book has attracted such a following:
“I think it’s good fiction. I studied with Harry Crews [a leading southern novelist and essayist] as an undergraduate and took seminars even when I was in law school. The University of Florida had a great writing program. You’d bring your stuff in, the teacher would read it, and then everyone would attack it. You’d then hash it out, and I think I learned what I needed to know.”
Initial print run is 30,000. Once a Runner, by John Parker.