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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 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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The Cloud Seeders

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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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The Korean Word For Butterfly by Jamie Zerndt
"A light cross-cultured literary fiction, perfect only if you are a person who would accidentally say "Gamsahamnida" instead of "Thank you". Yes, you can observe a lot of common Korean Vocabulary sprinkled here and there throughout. The book is all..." Read more of this review »
The Korean Word For Butterfly by Jamie Zerndt
"I !Loved this book! The characters drew me into feel pain, anger and finally empathy. The author takes us into another world and through his character teaches us the meaning of love, hate and change. I traveled with them and loved each one in turn..." Read more of this review »
The Korean Word For Butterfly by Jamie Zerndt
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The Korean Word For Butterfly is a semi-historical novel that tells the story of an American couple, Joe and Billie, who go to South Korea to teach at an English school for a year. There they meet and befriend two coworker..." Read more of this review »
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“[excerpt] The usual I say. Essence. Spirit. Medicine. A taste. I say top shelf. Straight up. A shot. A sip. A nip. I say another round. I say brace yourself. Lift a few. Hoist a few. Work the elbow. Bottoms up. Belly up. Set ‘em up. What’ll it be. Name your poison. I say same again. I say all around. I say my good man. I say my drinking buddy. I say git that in ya. Then a quick one. Then a nightcap. Then throw one back. Then knock one down. Fast & furious I say. Could savage a drink I say. Chug. Chug-a-lug. Gulp. Sauce. Mother’s milk. Everclear. Moonshine. White lightning. Firewater. Hootch. Relief. Now you’re talking I say. Live a little I say. Drain it I say. Kill it I say. Feeling it I say. Wobbly. Breakfast of champions I say. I say candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. I say Houston, we have a drinking problem. I say the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. I say god only knows what I’d be without you. I say thirsty. I say parched. I say wet my whistle. Dying of ...more Nick Flynn
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