Jeff Bond

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Jeff Bond is the author of The Winner Maker and the forthcoming Blackquest 40. He lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters—one of whom he shares his Kindle and Goodreads bookshelf with, if you're wondering—and belongs to the International Thriller Writers association.



As a student at Yale, I told friends I wanted to write a novel. I’d grown up racing through all the Clive Cussler and Margaret Truman in my suburban Kansas City 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.

The insights in these denser books dazzled me, but I missed the pure adrenaline rush of the thr
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Jeff Bond I never get terrible writer's block -- that kind we all fear where you just can't put anything on the page -- but there are certainly times when the…moreI never get terrible writer's block -- that kind we all fear where you just can't put anything on the page -- but there are certainly times when the words aren't flowing as readily as I'd like, or when my inner critic is giving me an especially hard time. I have a couple methods for getting past these.

The first is to switch projects for, say, an afternoon. I especially enjoy high-level plotting and dreaming up new stories, so I'll usually move to a project that's in an earlier phase of drafting. After spending a little time in a more blue-sky, anything-is-possible mode, I usually come back to the previous work refreshed.

My other method is to step back from whatever scene I'm writing and ask myself, "What excites me here?" Regardless of where I am in a story, I feel like each scene should have one or two elements that I -- and, hopefully, my readers -- absolutely love. Maybe it's the introduction of a new character, or setting, or some social dynamic we all recognize but perhaps haven't read about. If I take a moment and designate which elements I love in a particular scene (and if there aren't any, add some of course!), that generally makes the whole thing come out a lot easier.(less)
Jeff Bond I've always been interested in ambition and the ways it affects people -- both positively and negatively, and that concern is central to The Winner…moreI've always been interested in ambition and the ways it affects people -- both positively and negatively, and that concern is central to The Winner Maker.

On the specific origin of "Winner" -- as a sixteen-year-old, I had a JV basketball coach tell me after a tough loss, "You're a winner. And I'll stick my neck out for you anytime." The coach wasn't much like Coach Fiske, in fact (though I will occasionally use an actual person as a jumping-off point for a character, by the time the plot is written, she/he never much resembles the original), but that sentiment, and how it made me feel, stayed with me.

Teachers and coaches have tremendous impact -- and the title character from The Winner Maker, Bob Fiske, takes this to an extreme. (less)
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