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
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.
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
A World Without Music, speculative fiction
set against a backdrop of romance, has been accepted for publication and will launch in late 2014.
back often to see what’s happening in my literary world. To read more of my work,
visit my blog.
read my guest blog on the new business demands of publishing at Glocul
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.
The photos below are from my 2010 author
event at Barnhill’s in Winston-Salem, signing copies ofBackstop: A Baseball
Love Story in Nine Innings…
J. Conrad & Terri Kirby Erickson at Barnhills in Winston-Salem
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listening to The Kid from Art Garfunkel with Maia Sharp & Buddy Mondlock.