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Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

 

Jeffrey Deaver was born outside in Glen Ellyn, Illinois near Chicago in May 1950. He has a bachelor degree with a major in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. During his life he has worked as a journalist, a folksinger, and a corporate attorney before becoming a bestselling author. He has a sister who is also an author of young adult novels, Julie Reece Deaver. In his free time Jeff likes to speak at conferences and festivals about books, literacy, and writing in general. He is also a cook and loves to have dinner parties with some unusual themes, such as Roman medieval.

 

Jeff has said he has always wanted to be an author and even wrote his first book at age eleven. He has written over thirty novels, three short story collections, and a nonfiction law book. Jeff's novels are suspense filled fast paced stories that usual only cover a very short time frame of only hours or days. Even though most of his stories are plot driven, he is able to present the human side of his characters and include human issues into the stories. The stories feature strong and sometimes flawed heroes, deranged bad guys and are full of surprising twists and turns with oodles of cliffhangers. His books explore the psychology of crime and crime detection with insights into not only the hero’s minds, but the villains as well. There is also a great deal of forensics and standard police work that go into his books to make thrilling crime stories that you just can't put down.

 

To come up with ideas for his novels Jeff does not peruse the news headlines. Instead he spends his time in a dark room thinking of stories and characters that would fit into a typical Jeffrey Deaver novel. After coming up with a story he likes he then spends about eight months researching and outlining his book. When he is ready to begin writing he will sit in a dark room and picture the scene he is about to write. Once he has it, he closes his eyes and begins touch typing the scene. He then goes on to revise his novels twenty to thirty times before he even sends in his manuscript to his publisher. He has never taken any writing classes and believes the best way to learn to write is to study the work of other writers that you like.

 

Jeffrey primarily writes two thriller series. The first and most popular series is the “Lincoln Rhyme” series featuring a quadriplegic New York detective and the other “Kathryn Dance” series featuring Dance as an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation. His latest novel “Solitude Creek” released in May 2015 is the fourth in the Dance series and has Dance investigating a possible serial killer that uses panic and the chaos it creates to kill people.

 

If you are a fan of any of these thrilling crime writing authors Jonathon Kellerman, Boris Starling, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, or Jefferson Bass you should give Jeffrey Deaver a try. His psychologically in depth novels with plenty of plot twists and carnage will provide you with a roller coaster thrill ride where you aren't quite sure who you are rooting for in the end, the hero or the villain.

Category: Book Reviews

Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

 

Judith Ann Jance (JA Jance) was born in South Dakota in 1944 and raised in Bisbee, AZ. As a second-grader Jance was introduced to Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” series and from that moment on she knew she wanted to be a writer. She graduated from Bisbee High School in 1962, and received an academic scholarship that made her the first person in her family to attend a four year college. She graduated in 1966 with a degree in English and Secondary Education from the University of Arizona. While in college she tried to pursue her writing career by taking a creative writing class, but the professor refused her entry into the class due to her gender because women weren't writers, they were “teachers or nurses.” While in college she married an alcoholic and in 1968 he forbade her from writing because there was only room for one writer in the family and that would be him. In the end nothing he ever wrote was published. However, she continued to write poetry in secret, but never seriously perused a writing career until much later in life.

Category: Book Reviews

The week of April 20th, 2015 was Money Smart Week nation-wide. Ontonagon Township Library got in on the fun with a special "Money Smart" session of our weekly preschool Story Time group. Each participant received a copy of the book Berenstain Bears' Dollars & Sense courtesy of the Michigan Credit Union League, and also got to paint their very own owl bank to help them start saving! Everyone had a hoot and dol-learned a thing or two about money. (Best of all, the library director was able to write a sentence featuring both a money pun and an owl pun.)

 

All in all (owl in owl?) it was another great success (suc-cents?) for OTL!

 

Category: Programs & Events

Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

 

Jonathan Kellerman was born in 1949, in York City to an aerospace engineer/inventor father and a dancer/office manager mother. When he was still young the family moved to LA where he grew up. He worked his way through college as a cartoonist, illustrator, journalist, editor, and guitar instructor until he received his BA in psychology from UCLA in 1971. He enrolled in a PhD program in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California and received his PhD in 1974 at the age of twenty-four. His doctoral research was on attribution of blame for childhood psychopathology and he published a scientific paper on that topic at the age of twenty-two. In 1975, Jonathan was asked by the USC hospital to research the psychological effects of extreme isolation on children with cancer and to coordinate the care of the children and their families. From this research the hospital established the Psychosocial Program, a Division of Oncology in 1977. It was the first in the world that approached the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer. He was a practicing psychologist until he gave up his practice in 1987 to focus on his writing career.

Category: Book Reviews

Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

 

Terry Pratchett was born in April 1948, in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, England.   He attended High Wycombe Technical High School where he was a key member of the debating society and wrote stories for the school magazine.   Pratchett was not the best of students and credited his education more to the local library. His early interests included astronomy and he wanted to be an astronomer, but lacked the mathematical disposition to pursue it. He also had an interest in reading science fiction and attended science fiction conventions, but stopped when he got his first job a few years later.

Category: Book Reviews

The Ontonagon Township Library is very excited to announce that our new (and much improved) search system is now live! When you go to "Find an Item" in the menu above, you'll notice that options have changed.

 

Don't be scared. I promise this is a good thing.

 

The new system is called Enterprise and it features a user-friendly interface, an attractive graphical layout to match our amazing website, powerful search options, featured "new books at OTL" and "best sellers" components, and full integration with Great Lakes Digital Library (so you can download eBooks and search our card catalog all in one convenient place!)

 

When using Enterprise, there is a simple drop-down menu which lets you decide whether to search only OTL or include our Interlibrary Loan partners (use the "all resource sharing libraries" option to do a U.P.-wide search.) No more going back to the beginning to start your search all over again when we don't have what you're looking for! You'll also notice a "Continue your search in MeL" button. Can't find what you're looking for in any U.P. libraries? With Enterprise, you no longer need to open up a whole new webpage and start a MeL search from scratch. Now it only takes one click to go from local search to statewide search!

 

There are also some exciting new account features, such as being able to create custom lists (books you'd like to read, favorite movies, etc.) and an easier interface for managing your holds and requests.

 

The link to the old system will remain active for the time being while you get comfortable with the new website. If there is enough interest expressed, we might host a small informal "class" to show people around the new system. So stop in and let us know what you think!

 

Use the "Find an Item" menu above, or click here to try out Enterprise!

 

In other exciting news, your Library Director has been taking a continuing education class, and as part of his coursework had to make a promotional video. The results are below (and the whole thing was made using equipment and software available right here at the library!)