Jeff Van Valer
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About Jeff Van Valer
Jeff Van Valer's creative writing career started when he went away to summer camp and found weekly letters home a required activity. After much practice at this, he sent letters of his own accord (using rolls and rolls of stamps) to family and friends.
He dabbled in stories in high school and college and even wrote a novel after college graduation. The novel's story was grand (he says), as long as the reader committed to the eighty-page expository seminar that was the story's beginning. Not surprisingly, readers didn't commit to the cause, and this first effort has not been published.
Later, he attended medical school and residency and has been at work as a physician ever since. He practices neurology and sleep medicine in Muncie, Indiana, where he serves as an assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Neurology. He lives with his wife, Luci; two kids, Martha and Joe; and that cliche of American suburbia, the golden-doodle, a very sweet dog named Fletcher.
Mountain biking and playing drums are two of his passions. Creative writing serves to pervade and control much of his free thought and time. It breathes life into him like no regular hobby ever could. He has recently published The Light in the Trees, a coming-of-age thriller and plans to release the novel's successor in mid-summer, 2018.
Titles By Jeff Van Valer
Images of his best friends, a girl he once loved, and a dark summer-camp secret are never far from Ted Gables. And when, after thirty years, he is the only thing two recent murder victims have in common, those memories face him head-on.
It’s not long before Ted dodges a bullet meant for him. On the run, he dwells on his history at camp and his bloody-handed former cabin mates. Especially Senator Denton McDaniel, who already has one foot in the White House. Billionaires, the McDaniels are always prepared to keep certain secrets buried, and no one really knows how far beyond the family their influence can reach.
To preserve the truth and save who he can, Ted blindly enters a deadly race against the McDaniels. With no choice but to trust in the help of complete strangers and flee to the last place he would ever want to go, Ted must prepare to face the one woman he is afraid he’ll find there.
What else does Ted want to regret?
• “I love the author’s writing style. The descriptions naturally drew me in…Thankfully, there’s a second book being released towards the end of this year.” –Reader review
• “I could not wait to see what happened on the other side of the Lake…Highly recommended…absolutely cannot wait for…next book to come out!” –Reader review
In 1970, twelve-year-old White Birch Camp veteran Ted returns to his once-favorite place. It is months after his mom’s violent death, and he’s convinced his dad is dumping him for the summer. Or maybe for good.
But he immediately meets his two best friends, Zeke and Neil. Karen, the director’s daughter, notices him, and he finds her more alluring than the camp’s panoramic view of Loon Lake. He also finds Hoss, an alarmingly intelligent, charming, and manipulative risk-taker with a knack for criminal mischief and an unusual vendetta.
In this coming-of-age thriller, follow Ted as he daydreams with Karen of a secret trip to the lake’s far shore, grows with the healing power of true friendship, and dives into psychological warfare with a young sociopath whose guile and need to control eventually turn deadly.
• “I enjoy fiction that pulls you into another place or era...keeps you completely fixated...and this book does that.” –Reader review
• “Such a delightful and suspenseful book that I really didn’t want it to end.” –Reader review