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John's History

John Shors in Southeast Asia on Elephant

After graduating from Colorado College, John Shors lived for several years in Kyoto, Japan, where he taught English. On a shoestring budget, he later trekked across Asia, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. After returning to the United States, he became a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, winning several statewide awards in journalism. John then moved to Boulder, Colorado, and helped launch GroundFloor Media, now one of the state’s largest public relations firms.

John has been lucky enough to spend much of his life abroad, traveling in Asia, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, as well as North, Central, and South America. A full-time novelist, John spends his days writing and going on family outings with his wife, Allison, and their two children, Sophie and Jack.

John’s first six novels, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, Cross Currents, and Temple of a Thousand Faces have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-six languages. For more information on John’s books, please visit

In an effort to provide readers with an unparalleled travel experience, John launched John Shors Travel in 2014. Through his tour company, he has led small groups of travelers on adventures all over the world.

John's Mission

A lifelong traveler, one of John’s goals is to help make the world a smaller and better place by fostering cross-cultural understanding. Participants in his tours benefit from small group settings, as well as from daily interaction with local guides, thought-leaders, and ordinary citizens.

John Shors at the Taj Mahal

Novels by John Shors

In addition to operating John Shors Travel, John continues to pursue his career as a bestselling novelist. He is currently writing several books, and is also involved with Warner Brother’s efforts to turn his first novel, Beneath a Marble Sky, into a major miniseries. John’s books, seen below, are available online or at your favorite bookstore.

The Demon Seekers Series™ Book One
The Demon Seekers Series™ Book Two
The Demon Seekers Series™ Book Three
Beneath a Marble Sky
Temple of a Thousand Faces
Beside a Burning Sea
The Wishing Trees
Cross Currents
Dragon House

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