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About Johnny Fincham
I'm a professional palmist and writer and yoga teacher, born in 1963, the eldest of five dyslexic, deranged and dysfunctional children. My mother had more than a drop of gypsy blood in her and my father was a war veteran, able to turn his hand to just about anything.
My first home was a draughty beach hut in Walbaswick, Suffolk, UK. Later on, the ever-growing family upped sticks and moved to Lowestoft, also in Suffolk. I spent a goodly chunk of my life there, almost succumbing to the cloying sea-mists, massive alcohol consumption and sticky sands of that drab town.
Though possessed by a love of words and language, I was not a good citizen. In court 28 times and I spent a very short period of time in prison on remand (for car theft). Dyslexic, desperate and ill-educated, I was mad for the material things I imagined would give my life lustre.
A lust for learning kicked in at age 28. I wangled my way into the University of East Anglia as a mature student.
I did English literature and loved it. At that time, that avuncular, easy-going, Malcolm Bradbury taught under-grads creative writing. I drank up the classes like a parched desert absorbs water.
I decided I was going to be a writer. I left UEA, wrote thirty or forty short stories, sold none and sulked for three years.
Then through a mix of ancestral urges and amazing co-incidence I stumbled into the trade of palmistry. Though a total sceptic, I met a world- class palmist who convinced me of its value and educated me in its subtle intricacies. Since that time I've earned a living as a palmist and subsidised my income with writing.
I've had a short story - 'Unbearable Brightness' published, along with various other stories and lots of features and articles. Encouraged by this success, I went on to write 'The Spellbinding Power of Palmistry' and 'Palmistry-Apprentice to Pro in 24 Hours'. I wrote these books out of frustration at the mass of books out there that were full of outdated references and gobbledegoook. This was followed by 'Palmistry Made Easy' and 'Palmistry at your Fingertips'.
I also wrote an SF novel, 'While the Gods Sleep.' A love story really, with it's main theme being deception, and the way information will be manipulated in the near future.
I'm currently writing a yoga manual, another palmistry book, and 'Nearly Normal' a novel about a poor kid growing up, rebelling against his raggle-taggle gypsy mother and dying to be normal. In all my books, stories and features, I'm fascinated by what moves beneath the surface of experience.