More About the Author
My first novel, January's Paradigm, was published in 1998. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January's Paradigm, "(readers) will not be able to put it down."
In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing and in Kindle format. Backstop was nominated a Michigan Notable Book in 2010, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for one of their spring 2011 courses -- Baseball: America's Literary Pastime.
Also in 2008, I finished work on a futuristic piece, Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas.
I completed The Cobb Legacy in 2010, a murder mystery romance that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb.
One Hot January and its sequel, January's Thaw, are based on the character, Joe January, first introduced in January's Paradigm. The January books are my tribute to Raymond Chandler, the master of the hard-boiled detective genre. An alternate reality, time travel yarn, One Hot January starts where January's Thaw ends, and January's Thaw ends where One Hot January starts. A romance, the narrative follows Joe January from post World War II New York to 2047, where he rues the loss of the woman he left behind.
A Retrospect in Death, is an exploration into why we are the way we are (pre-wired at birth or a product of our environment?). 500 Miles to Go, a story about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams is forthcoming.
My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne's Carrot, Saucy Vox, River Walk Journal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report, while my short fiction and memoirs can be found at a variety of websites. Just google my name.
You can learn more about me and my literary endeavors at www.jconradguest.com.
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