John is professor of journalism at Monmouth University in New Jersey. He studied at Clark University, Penn State University, and Adelphi University. John began his writing career in New York at Modern Screen Magazine, the nation’s oldest movie magazine, where he served as lead film critic and managing editor. From there he moved to Los Angeles to become the founding editor-in-chief of ROCKbeat Magazine before returning to New York to become senior editor for Inside Books Magazine.
After years of covering the entertainment industry, as an academic John became interested in environmental issues and penned his first novel A Wing and a Prayer. With the success of his first book, The Morano Eco-Adventure Series was born, and several more eco-adventure novels ensued. John’s work has been endorsed by The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Ocean Conservancy, ASPCA, and other world-class environmental organizations. He has been cited for making complex environmental issues accessible to a wide variety of readers in an entertaining, uplifting way. Professor Morano is also the author of Don’t Tell Me the Ending!, a popular how-to textbook for aspiring film critics.
John lives in New Jersey on the northern tip of the Pine Barrens in a log home with his wife, two sons, and two rescued Australian Shepherds. When he’s not writing or in the classroom, John can be found hiking streams in the woods and collecting Cretaceous fossils or, when his knees let him, running up and down the basketball court.