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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

John Vanek



John Vanek is a physician by training, but a writer by passion.  While practicing medicine for a quarter century, his interest in writing never waned.  Medicine was his wife, but writing became his mistress and mysteries his drug of choice.  He began honing his craft by attending creative writing workshops and college courses.  At first writing solely for himself and his family, he was surprised and gratified when his work won contests and was published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. He teaches a poetry workshop for seniors and enjoys swimming, hiking, sunshine, good friends, and red wine.

Artist Statement

Praise for the Father Jake Austin Mystery Series

“The very stuff from which hit movies and TV murder mystery shows are made! A simply riveting read from beginning to end.”– Midwest Book Review

“John Vanek writes from a place of unusual experience and expertise while bringing the reader into worlds of mystery, medicine, and religion — and the human connections that bridge them all.” – Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened

“Father Jake has a compassion that seeps off the pages.” – InD’tale Magazine

“Interesting, nuanced characters in a finely wrought setting.” – Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author.

“Father Jake may be a dedicated man of the cloth but he is also a man of action, making him well-suited to confront the demons in this richly conjured landscape.” – Les Standiford, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Adam HomeDone Deal and Havana Run.

“Vanek’s bittersweet novel will appeal to admirers of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s clerical mysteries.” Library Journal 

“John Vanek brings G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown into the twenty-first century and sprinkles in hints of PBS’s Grantchester. You will not be disappointed.” – The Publish or Perish Writers


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