J. Conrad Guest

One Hot January
January's Thaw
January's Paradigm
The Cobb Legacy
Chaotic Theory
A Retrospect in Death
500 Miles to Go
A World Without Music
Forever a Philanderer
All Things Cigars
Favorite Links
Editorial Services
Photo courtesy of Sommerville Photographie

Welcome to my literary world. I write novels about everyday people dealing with the universal ideals of love, loss, regret, and death—and the emotions associated with those ideals. A reader once told me that my work was, “Gritty, entertaining… real. Romance for the non-romantic.”

My first novel, January’s Paradigm, was published by Minerva Press, London, England. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January’s Paradigm, “(readers) will not be able to put it down.” I have two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January’s Thaw. Both are available from Second Wind Publishing.

In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing as well as from Amazon in both book and Kindle formats, and from Barnes and Noble (Nook). Backstop was nominated as a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for their spring 2011 course, Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime.

Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas, is now available from Amazon in book and Kindle formats.

In April 2010, I completed my fifth novel, The Cobb Legacy, a murder mystery that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb, and the shooting death of his father by his mother. The Cobb Legacy is now available for download for your Kindle, Nook, EPUB, MOBI or in PDF.

Death is considered a universal ideal in fiction writing, so you’ll want to check out A Retrospect in Death, which is now available from Second Wind.

500 Miles to Go is set during the golden era of motor racing (the 1960s). The story follows young Alex Król as he seeks love while making his dream to win the Indianapolis 500 come true. 500 Miles to Go is now available from Second Wind.

A World Without Music, speculative fiction set against a backdrop of romance, is now available for Second Wind Publishing and Amazon.

Ive commenced my next novel, Forever a Philanderer.

My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne’s Carrot, Saucy Vox, River WalkJournal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report.

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Check back often to see what’s happening in my literary world. To read more of my work, visit my blog.

Please read my guest blog on the new business demands of publishing at Glocul Mag.

My short story, Cache-22, which appears in the anthology Changes in the Wind, published by Second Wind Publishing, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot published in the small presses over the previous year. I’m honored to be nominated.

Checkout my latest interview for The Cobb Legacy.

February 20, 2012. Read my latest interview in support of The Cobb Legacy.

Backstop won this award in November 2013

Please check out my July 24, 2013, interview on Red River Radio, What's Write for Me:

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Listen to my August 22, 2012, Red River Radio interview in support of The Cobb Legacy:

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Click here to listen to my April 25, 2012, Red River Radio interview:

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Click here to listen to my December 28, 2011, Red River Radio interview:

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Check out my interview in support of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings.

The photos below are from my 2010 author event at Barnhill’s in Winston-Salem, signing copies of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings







J. Conrad & Terri Kirby Erickson at Barnhills in Winston-Salem





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