John Spiers is a writer, artist, and guardian to a small flock of chickens who live in the center of his backyard garden. 

While he often produced small writing and drawing projects over the years, he never found his creative purpose until he decided to raise some baby chicks. They became the characters in his stories and the subjects of his drawings.

His work seeks to share the same joy he feels when spending time with his chickens along with bits of timeless “chicken wisdom” about life which he has learned from them.

The Author/Illustrator With Pearl, the main character in his latest book.

About That Sentence…

Last Saturday’s post probably needs some explaining. I’ve never posted just a drawing here before without any words to go with it. My usual routine is to get a drawing set up for posting and then to add the text the next morning before the “schedule” time arrives. But obviously that didn’t happen last weekend!…

Four Perfect Words To Begin Any Beloved Book

What was missing from the paperback copy of my new book? What are the four perfect words to begin any beloved book? Those four perfect words are not “Once upon a time.” For me, those four perfect words are “This book belongs to.” When I look through all of my old books saved from childhood,…

So What Is Missing?

Last week, I made available an online version of “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens,” and while I was waiting for feedback, I uploaded the files to make a print copy with Amazon. I wanted to make sure that the cover and interior color images would print as expected. I was pleased with the cover…

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Latest Books and future projects

How To Explain Christmas To Chickens First Edition 2020 (If all goes well!)