Following his close friend’s death, John sold his physiotherapy practice in
New Zealand and embarked on a journey through the Americas,
researching his debut manuscript, The Black Space Behind Our Eyes.
John put the finishing touches to his manuscript while working with charity
organizations throughout Central and South America, including sea turtle
conservation in Costa Rica, reforestation projects in the Amazon Rainforest,
and schooling projects in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, John’s planned 2020 travels from
Southeast Asia to Africa were put on hold. After purchasing a property on
25-acres of native forest in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, he and his
wife, Nicole, are now focusing their attention on the reforestation, protection
and development of this land, which they plan to turn into an eco-
retreat designed to bring guests back to nature and themselves.
John is now working with a publisher in New York to develop his book
for publishing in time for American summer 2022. He is also converting the
book into screenplay format after discussions about the prospect of
converting the book into a film.
When John is not writing, travelling, or working, he spends his time surfing,
meditating, and practicing yoga.