Welcome to JanBonoBooks.com
UPDATE October, 2015: Both Bottom Feeders and Starfish are AVAILABLE HERE NOW! To read the “book blurbs” for my two mysteries, the first in the Sylvia Avery Series, go to the “Books” page on the menu bar. TO ORDER, go to the “Book Store” page and SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM… Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to add new items to the TOP of the page, so everything on the Book Store page is in the order it was produced, starting with “Just Joshin’,” back in 2009! Add the books to your “Cart” and follow through the process… OR… you can go to the EVENTS page to see when I’m doing a Holiday Bazaar in your area, OR… you can contact me through Facebook (JanBonoBooks is a public page) and we’ll make special arrangements to get these books into your very own hands! BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS, and books SET RIGHT HERE, on the SW Washington Coast, are very special gifts, indeed!
UPDATE September, 2015: The first TWO books in the Sylvia Avery Mystery Series, set on the SW Washington coast, are being released October 10th! As excited as I am, this milestone is bittersweet—my tech guru, traveling companion, and very best friend ever died before he could see this work come to completion. He was instrumental in setting up this site, and I am currently in need of some help to enable my readers to order my books online!
UPDATE September, 2014: “Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey” was released on August 29, 2014, and is available on this website as well as at the numerous events and bazaars I’ll be attending this fall (and future falls!). You can also find it as an eBook at Smashwords.com
MY WRITING HISTORY: After concluding a 30-year stint as a classroom teacher, I “left the institution” in 2006, and am now charging full-throttle into my second career, and love: Writing!
I’ve had stories published in Guidepost, Woman’s World, Byline and Star, to name a few. I wrote a humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, gleaning 11 state awards. My first book, “Through My Looking Glass, The View from the Beach,” is a collection of those WNPA award-winning columns.
“Just Joshin’, A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary 4th Grade Kid,” is a lighthearted collection of 63 classroom anecdotes. Deciding to self-publish “Just Joshin’,” I created my own company, Sandridge Publications, in 2009. In 2011, I published a holiday collection of 47 stories and the scripts from three one act plays entitled “It’s Christmas!”
One-act plays caught my attention in 2008, and I wrote the first and second place winners for the Willapa Players’ contest in Raymond, Washington that year. To date, I have 12 one-act plays and a dinner theater play that have all “seen the boards.”
I’m a frequent contributor the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, and 29 stories in the past 5 1/2 years have been pubished. I have written two poetry chapbooks. The two chapbooks and three story collections are also available as an eBook at Smashwords.com.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE:
I teach writing to adults who’ve always wanted to write, and I’m available to do a variety of hands-on workshops and/or speaking engagements for any size group. I also do individual editing, critique, and writing coaching.
Humorous personal observations, life coaching tips, Law of Attraction stories, and many other entertaining things that catch my attention appear in my blog, posted 10 to 15 times a month since January, 2009. (See Link at top of right hand sidebar.)
Thanks for checking out my books, CDs, plays and blog. Materials ordered through this website are mailed promptly, usually within just a few days.