John Wareham is a leadership psychologist, lecturer, writer, and poet whose work transcends genre.
His memoir, Exposed, presses the format. His poetry anthology How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart fits neatly into the self-help genre, and his Pulitzer nominated Sonnets for Sinners examines the lives and dilemmas of sinning lovers.
His previous work, a bestelling psycho-political thriller, The President's Therapist, explored the troubled psyche of the 43rd United States President, George W. Bush. Earlier works include Secrets of a Corporate Headhunter, a popular business bestseller, The Anatomy of a Great Executive, a 13-language reference classic, How to Break Out of Prison, a life-changer, and Chancey On Top, a critically acclaimed novel that explores themes of leadership, love, and enlightenment.
John draws upon vast experience, having counseled top business leaders on three continents, and, at the other end of the social spectrum, transformed the lives of prison inmates in New York's toughest prisons. His firm, Wareham Associates, specializes in corporate leadership selection and development. He is also founder and chief executive of The Eagles Foundation of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing leaders within the prison population. He divides his time between New York and Wellington, New Zealand.
Insight and wit hallmark his writing. “If I’d not entered the consulting world I flatter myself that I might have been a full time novelist,” he says. “I wrote my first book to promote my firm. When it was nominated for a national award I got hooked on the process, and just kept on going. It was a treat to see my business books become bestsellers, and I also got a lot of pleasure from the reaction to How to Break Out of Prison. It was a challenge to write a cross-over self-development work for overachievers and prison inmates alike. It’s always satisfying when people say that you helped them get what they want from life.
"All in all, however, I’m proudest of my novels, The President's Therapist and Chancey On Top, both of which chronicle the psychological journeys of flawed leaders. My publisher says the only good poet is a dead poet, but the chance to inject a little poetry into the passion seemed too good to miss, and I’ve been excited by the warm reaction of literary critics to this conceit. I was happy, too, with how both books played out. The test of a novel is credibility and a denouement that satifies and surprises the reader, and critics say I reached that lofty plateau. I just have to confess that, even to me, both endings came as shockers."