Johnny Day was born with a fatal medical condition in 1982. The attending doctor quietly explained to his parents that Johnny had less than 48 hours to live. One of the off-duty nurses recommended a funeral home specializing in whimsical caskets for newborns. His mother wept for so long she earned a sedative; his father punched a nearby wall, breaking his middle finger in two places.
48 hours later, the baby was still breathing.
After three tense, cautious weeks in the hospital without any major complications, the baby was released to his parents with a clean bill of health and a medical diagnosis of shrugging.
His father, a taxi driver, wrote a mystery novel in between bells (calls from dispatch) and flags (pedestrians waving for a cab). The film was optioned and turned into a tv-movie starring O.J. Simpson.
Johnny Day's writing has appeared in many national publications including the Black Warrior Review, the Indiana Review, Third Coast, Hobart, the New Orleans Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Fact-Simile, Zahir Magazine, and (in May of 2015) the Masters Review.
He’s currently working on an adventure story in the same vein as The Princess Bride or The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
Johnny lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and their dog, Moshi.