I'm an author in Michigan. My first novel, a thriller called The Winner Maker ("an exhilarating and emotionally astute mystery" - Kirkus Reviews), is now available on Amazon. A draft version of my follow-up, Blackquest 40, won a 2018 Watty award. My current works here are The Cleaner and Anarchy of the Mice; polished versions of these, and Blackquest 40, will join Winner for sale in 2019.

As a student at Yale, I told friends I wanted to write a novel. I'd grown up racing through all the Clive Cussler in my grade-school library, and college was introducing me to War and Peace and The Corrections, characters so real I felt the author -- from centuries ago, thousands of miles away -- plucking thoughts straight from my own head.

These denser books dazzled me, but I missed the rush of the thrillers I'd read as a boy. Could a story do both? I wanted to give it a shot.

I took a regular job out of school and began writing novels on the side. I finished a too-long manuscript about classmates entering the workforce. A basketball story. An adventure of mismatched heroes rescuing the world from anarchy. They weren't good yet, but each was better than what'd come before.

Meanwhile, life rolled on. I held day jobs as a consultant, business analyst, teacher, and programmer. I lived on both coasts and ended up in the middle. I wrecked an ankle playing too much basketball. I shepherded two daughters into elementary school -- a gig that's made me a soccer coach, gymnastics parent, and winder of ponytails.

Through it all, I wrote.

It's taken a few detours, but I believe I've finally arrived at the books I imagined writing in school. In my stories you'll find action, big reversals, and heroes you care about. Themes that lurk below the surface include ambition, class, parenting, corporate culture; but -- always -- a great story comes first.

Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/jeffbond
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17964541.Jeff_Bond
  • Midland, Michigan
  • JoinedJuly 23, 2017

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jeff_bond jeff_bond Jan 03, 2019 04:24AM
I've been doing some guest-blogging to promote the launch of The Winner Maker, and it just occurred to me some of the articles might interest folks here. This is one I wrote about how I incorporate r...
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