I'm an author living in Michigan. My first novel, a thriller called The Winner Maker, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I'm drafting Blackquest 40 and Anarchy of the Mice here, with the plan that polished versions will join Winner for sale in 2019.

I'll be leaving the drafts up on Wattpad -- and starting a new Third Chance Adventure here as soon as Anarchy goes complete.

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 anarchist-hackers. 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. (Michigan.) I wrecked an ankle playing too much basketball. I got married. 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, MI
  • JoinedJuly 23, 2017

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jeff_bond jeff_bond Jun 23, 2018 04:41AM
Quick heads up that I'm on a family vacation next week and am purposefully NOT taking a laptop -- which means I can't post a Blackquest 40 chapter Tuesday as planned. Here it is a few days early. :)...
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