Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond is the author of The Winner Maker and Blackquest 40. He lives in Michigan with his wife and two daughters, 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 thrillers I'd read as a boy. Could a story do both? Could breakneck plots coexist with living, breathing characters? I wanted to give it a shot.

I took a regular job out of school. Soon I started writing novels on the side, giving zero thought to who'd read them or what genre I was working in. I finished a too-long manuscript about classmates in their first real jobs. A basketball story. An adventure of three mismatched heroes rescuing the world from anarchist-hackers. They weren't good yet, but each was an improvement on what'd come before.

Meanwhile, life rolled on. I held day jobs as a consultant, business analyst, teacher, and programmer. I lived on both coasts and ended up in the middle. (Michigan.) I wrecked an ankle playing too much basketball. I got married. I shepherded two daughters into elementary school--a gig that's made me a soccer coach, gymnastics parent, and winder of ponytails.

Through it all, I wrote.

It's taken a few detours, but I believe I've finally arrived at the stories I imagined writing in school. Most fall under the broad category of "character-based thriller" and feature unique premises that don't fit neatly into a sub-genre like spy or detective. The exceptions would be my new Franklin series (The Cleaner, The Parent War), which is more slice-of-life and literary in nature.

Even in Franklin, though, readers should expect to find action, big reversals, and heroes they care about. Themes that lurk below the surface of my works include ambition, class, parenting, corporate culture; but--always--a great story comes first.

For information on events and giveaways, visit my website, I love hearing from readers so please don't hesitate to get in touch directly.

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    • Blackquest 40

    • By: Jeff Bond
    • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    Deb Bollinger has no time for corporate training. Her company’s top engineer at just 27, Deb has blocked off her day for the one project she truly cares about: the launch of Carebnb, an app that finds spare beds for the homeless....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, by a new (to me) author

    • By Brian L. Parker on 07-02-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Winner Maker

    • By: Jeff Bond
    • Narrated by: Natalie Duke, Brandon Paul Eells
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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    Bob Fiske - the 74-year-old dinosaur who's taught Honors English and coached varsity football for five decades - is missing. To his Winners, class favorites Fiske designated over the years for their potential to "Live Big," it's heartbreaking....

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    • Charisma can be dangerous!

    • By Brian on 07-01-19

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