I write science-fiction, romance and fantasy stories for adults, young adults and middle-grade readers. I’m a a fan of great fiction that challenges the imagination and illuminates the unknown or misunderstood. I’m also a complex-litigation attorney, a former high-school math and computer-science teacher, Vice President of the local NAMI affiliate (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a husband, father, grandfather and a mystified explorer, just like you, of this wonderful universe that is both crushingly clear and maddeningly opaque.
My debut novel, Hearts in Ruin, a story about two archaeologists on the brink of a shattering discovery, was published as a contemporary romance in May 2014 by Liquid Silver Books. In 2012 I was honored as the grand prize winner in the Yosemite Romance Writers Smooch contest for a first-kiss scene in an unpublished science-fiction/romance work in progress. I was also further honored as the 2014 runner up in the same contest for an earlier, unpublished draft of the first-kiss scene in what became my debut novel. I also have several nearly-completed novel manuscripts, one polished-and-ready young-teen science-fiction adventure manuscript presently seeking a publishing home, and endless works in different stages of development. In July 2012 I contributed the lead story to the charitable science-fiction anthology, Battlespace, and then hosted a fundraiser to promote the charity. In October 2012, I was interviewed at The Thiessen Review, and in May 2015 I was interviewed at Romance Books 4 Us. Links to my stories available at Amazon and other major outlets can be found on the “Home” page. Published stories that are available elsewhere (fiction e-zines, etc) can be found on this site at the “Available Now” page under the “Stories” menu. Stories accepted and pending either first-print or reprint publication are listed on the “Coming Soon” page under the same menu. News about releases, acceptances or other items of interest are posted on the “Blog and Updates” page. Romance excerpts and other items can be found on the “Flash of Romance” page.
We’re all different. For me, my passion for writing started in grade school when my teacher gave assignments to write whatever I wanted to write about. That sounded more like a reward than an assignment, and at the time the subject matter was a very easy find. It was, in no particular order, dinosaurs, robots, giant insects, mass destruction, army heroes and alien invaders. All of those still appear in my repertoire from time to time.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, the World Science Fiction Society, and Yosemite Romance Writers. You can find me on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter—@jcconwaywriter—Amazon Author Pages, Goodreads, and Blogger. I usually participate in National Novel Writing Month, and generally encourage others to do the same. It’s not about the win, it’s about the process.
I like books that are meaningful and accessible, so that’s what I try to write. I’m not a fan of long exposition, so I try to avoid that. I like pace, close points of view, and I like fiction that is fair and insightful.