Jan Bono


I am a retired teacher-turned-writer on the Long Beach Peninsula, tucked away in southwest corner of Washington state. I’ve written for Guidepost, Woman’s World, Byline and Star. I wrote a bi-weekly humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, garnering 11 state awards. Two collections of those stories, "Through My Looking Glass," have been published, the first published by Kaleidoscope Press, the second by Sandridge Publications.

"Just Joshin', A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary 4th Grade Kid" is a collection of 63 humorous classroom anecdotes. Following that, "It's Christmas!", with 47 stories and the scripts from three one-act Christmas plays. I've written a dozen one-act plays, and all have been performed in one of three venues.

A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, I’ve had 21 stories accepted in the past four years. I have won or placed in many local short story contests, and two of my chapter submissions for an Astoria, Oregon, newspaper murder-mystery serial were selected for publication. My two cozy mystery novels, set on the Long Beach Peninsula, are currently seeking an agent.

Where to find Jan Bono online

Where to buy in print


It's Christmas! Forty-eight Stories and Three One-act Plays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,210. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Forty-two humorous personal experience short stories, featuring everybody's family and friends, and the detailed scripts from three holiday one-act plays. Also includes the world's greatest Christmas poem (according to my mother).
Through My Looking Glass: A View from the Beach
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,250. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
A collection of 68 humorous personal experience stories, gleaned from Jan's 11-time Washington Newspaper Association award-winning column.
Chasing Rainbows: Poetry for the Hopeful Romantic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A successful relationship can be as elusive as the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. These poems reflect both the sun and the rain in our quest for connection.
Bar Talk: Poetry for Mature Audiences
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A chapbook of poems written in the dubious company of various assorted and sundry barflies. If you've ever spent any time hanging out where alcohol is served, you've undoubtedly met all these people!
Just Joshin': A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary 4th Grade Kid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,230. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
A collection of 63 humorous elementary classroom anecdotes, following Josh through his fourth grade year. Written by his teacher.
Romance 101
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,490. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Forty-two light, sweet, delicious, G-rated short stories. Those who enjoy short romance fiction in mainstream women's magazines will love these stories, where boy meets girl, and the future is full of unlimited possibilities.

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