About John


I’m the guy in the candy store loading up on a variety of gummy bears. My cupboard is full of international chocolates. I save the marshmallows in my bowl of Lucky Charms for last. I reward every finished chapter I write with a pint of ice cream. The more unique the ice cream flavor, the better.

I joke that I hate people, but I really don’t. Old habits of a long time introvert. I am an introvert. Also an INFJ. While we’re at it, a dog person. Rest assure I have nothing against cats, but my allergies do.

I have a dog. This little black Chihuahua Terrier Shih Tzu mix named, Stellaluna (Stella for short). She’s super pretentious and lazy. She’s also the only dog I know who’ll come up to you and ask for a kiss on her cheek.

I have a wife and daughter who, by all accounts, might be bigger geeks than me. What I do can only be attributed to their incredible support. We are a family of dreams, and we support one another in that. I could have never made it this far without them. Also, I can’t think of anyone better to play video games and binge watch Netflix with, than those two.

My favorite movie(s) is a list about 100 titles long. I have a deep love and respect for the art. It’s cinema that gives birth to my prose and dialogue. Want to distract me? Let’s talk films.

I’m actually an award winning actor, but I prefer to write. One day I hope to return to my acting roots with a small role or or cameo. Hey, a guy can dream!

I own a WWI helmet and it’s haunted.

I am obsessed with American history. Specifically eighteenth and nineteenth century. I feel most at home when I visit Williamsburg, VA. I hope to someday live there and teach at William and Mary.

I’m 6’7″ tall. So I always have to adjust the microphone stand.

I struggle with anxiety. So much so, I had a minor heart attack at 36. I was also suicidal. I tended to hurt myself, not to feel better, but as a way to express to others how much pain and anguish I was in. It was the one time in my life words felt useless.

I’m also living proof you can overcome it. I still struggle with anxiety, but by the grace of God I’m still here, I’m more alive, and I have been given an incredible support system. When I tell someone to never give up, it comes from a place of understanding and experience.

I have experienced a personal history of hate and abuse. I have also experienced the love of good parents and friends. I choose to come from the place of love and make that my message.

I believe everyone has a purpose. I believe everyone has a talent that, if nurtured and shared, can make the world a better place. I believe most people aren’t given the chance to find out what their talents are or are too afraid to try.

I write because I have a story to tell and it keeps the demons at bay.

My name is John Mabey. I am a father. A husband. A dog owner. A geek. A survivor. A writer. I’m also really tall and should probably cut back on my sweets, but who are we kidding?

Stellaluna - She only thinks she can eat at the table.