Jonny Nexus is an English writer who lives in Brighton with his wife, their dog, and an array of chew toys that the dog invariably leaves on the top-most step but one.
Jonny has long been of the opinion that authors who present biographies written in the third person risk looking pretentious if their current level of career success suggests that their biographies were in fact written by themselves, rather than by one of their “people”. Jonny does not have people – saving his wonderful wife, who’d probably not take kindly to being described as one of “his people”1 – and has in fact created this entire website himself (with the help of all the very cool people who created WordPress, of course) .
So perhaps he’d better stop talking in the third person.
Let’s start again.
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My name’s Jonny Nexus, and this is my website. This is the point at which convention decrees that I declare that I’m a writer who lives in Brighton with my wife and our dog, except that to do so would be inaccurate: I’m actually a computer programmer who does some writing on the side. I do however live in Brighton with my wife, and we do have a dog. (It’s not the sort of thing you lie about, unless it turns out that you actually live in Hove).
I’m probably best known for two things: for writing the ENnie nominated fantasy humour novel, Game Night; and for being the editor and lead writer of the cult roleplaying humour webzine Critical Miss.
(It’s somewhat ironic that for all the effort I’ve put into writing, the work of mine which has been most read is a throwaway article about Monopoly that I wrote in 2005, but which went viral in July 2011, being mentioned in a Washington Post blog, and being read by more than 40,000 people in three days).
In addition to Game Night and Critical Miss, I’ve written roleplaying columns for the quarterly magazine Valkyrie, and the monthly magazine Signs & Portents, and wrote the parody Slayers Guide to Games Masters for leading UK roleplaying publisher, Mongoose Publishing.
I’m currently working on my second novel, the first in a series featuring a Hounslow-based offbeat, paranormal detective. I also have a short story in Stone Skin Press‘s pulp anthology The New Hero Volume I, alongside (amongst others) multiple New York Times Bestselling novelist and Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood. (Yes, I am dropping names! Wouldn’t you?)
1This is of course a stock phrase that shouldn’t be taken as implying anything about my wife, in much the same was as if a person were to say, “My wife / husband / partner / significant other / parents / children / lodger wouldn’t take kindly to me parking a manure-encrusted tractor in the living room,” it wouldn’t imply anything about the wife/husband/partner/significant other/parents/children/lodger save, perhaps, that they were normal. (i.e. Not the sort of freak who wouldn’t have a problem with parking a manure-encrusted tractor in the living room).