John Prather is a retired high school teacher (English, History, Law, Film Study) and coach with a BA in Journalism, an MA in Radio-TV-Film, an MBA, and a JD.
A former distance runner who competed on three continents, he now lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife, son, and fluffy white dog. He has broken his nose 16 times, the latest thanks to a game of Twister. His favorite color is orange.
JOHN'S WRITING JOURNEY
After completing his MA coursework, John moved to LA to break into Hollywood. A spec M*A*S*H script served as introduction to the Happy Days writers, but he could not convert that into a gig. He pitched an original sitcom pilot to Paramount, and invitations to pitch to Hart to Hart and Paper Dolls vanished when both shows were cancelled.
Later, he co-wrote a Vietnam black comedy screenplay, now entitled Someone Else's War, that was "recommended" but unproduced. Based upon a lifetime of experience in sports, he wrote a spec episode of Arli$$ (with several more outlined), but Robert Wuhl called his house to inform him the show had just been cancelled.
In 2007, John negotiated the rights to Dave Barry's novel Tricky Business and wrote the screenplay. Unfortunately, his unscrupulous producer went belly up without paying the rights fee, so John is left with an excellent adaptation of a novel whose rights he does not own.
His self-published novel The Adminisphere was released in 2016.
His award-winning novel The Jesus Nut was published in 2021, and his screen adaptation won Best Feature at the 2022 Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards and Best Comedy Screenplay at the 2023 Big Apple Film Festival.
John is currently querying his screenplays and his latest manuscript, a contemporary YA sports novel entitled Juego Bonito, Beautiful Game.