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Jamie Zerndt

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in Livonia, Michigan, The United States




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Jamie Zerndt is the author of THE CLOUD SEEDERS, THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY, and THE ROADRUNNER CAFE. His short story, "THIS JERKWATER LIFE", was recently chosen as an Editor's Pick in Amazon's Kindle Singles store. He received an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.

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Jamie Zerndt Hi, Sheri. At the moment I'm trying to turn my Kindle Single story "This Jerkwater Life" into a novel. I've taken a few runs at it in the past but…moreHi, Sheri. At the moment I'm trying to turn my Kindle Single story "This Jerkwater Life" into a novel. I've taken a few runs at it in the past but have never been able to really get going on it. I think now, though, I've finally figured out what needs to happen. Or, rather, who needs to happen. Funny how just one POV change can really open things up.

As to when, I'm hoping to have something ready in a year from now. We'll see. At the very least I hope to have a horrible rough draft ready.

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"This Jerkwater Life", an Editor's Pick in the Amazon Kindle Singles store, will be free all day tomorrow if anybody is interested.
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