John W. Feist is the author of a political thriller, Night Rain, Tokyo (2018), and a literary novel, Diamond Mornings (eLectio Publishing, 2016). He is a semiretired corporate lawyer living in Falls Church, Virginia.
He grew up as an only child in Horton and Lawrence, Kansas, two of the towns featured in Diamond Mornings. He studied philosophy for his AB at the University of Kansas and earned his JD at Stanford Law School.
John’s law career planted the seeds for Night Rain, Tokyo, with its lawyer-protagonist, observations of Japanese culture, and high-stakes international business deals. For twenty years, he counseled Kaiser Industries Corporation’s steel fabricating, pipe-making, coal mining, and shipping units. Since 1994 he has been general counsel to a consortium of electric and gas utilities in the US and Canada which sponsor energy efficiency projects in residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
Several of Kaiser's international trade projects took John to Japan and Canada. From those experiences, and his few years as a lobbyist in Washington on behalf of Western steelmakers, John drew ideas and impressions for Night Rain, Tokyo. He is currently working on a sequel which explores other geopolitical business themes, also in a Japanese setting.
His first novel, Diamond Mornings, is set in Kansas, in 1896-97. The origins of that novel are the actual courtship letters exchanged between John’s grandparents: Frank, a Horton banker, and Irene, a Nortonville, Kansas, schoolteacher. For Diamond Mornings, John drew on the complete collection of those letters, together with his own recollection of living with Grandmother Irene in the Horton house that is central to the story.