Jan Jacob Mekes


Jan Jacob Mekes is an English writer born in the body of a native Dutch speaker, in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. He loves reading, writing, cycling, and photography. His favourite book is Don Quixote, he loves chocolate, and is a cat person. Re-reading this, he realizes this sounds like a profile on a dating site. In a way, that’s true, because I (said the inconsistent writer who switches to first person like the Hulk) want you to go on a date… not with me, but with my books. I love my readers!

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
The world. I write for my readers, not for myself. Because if I wrote only for myself, I would have quit long ago... and/or gone insane.
What are you working on next?
There's always a new story lurking around the corner, but one thing I do plan on writing and writing and writing... is more Jewel Friedman mysteries. That detective and her stories are like Marmite, you love it or you hate it... and I love her.
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Where to buy in print


Series: Jewel Friedman Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,910. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman returns in five cases that will truly test her mettle, hitting closer to home than she would ever have imagined or liked. Even in the face of hardship, however, she finds a companion, finally someone who seems to really understand her... but will Jewel lose her almost as soon as she found her? And how will she cope? Will she even stay on at the Yard...?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,540. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Barbara, Eric, and their aunt Beryl lead a quiet life on an idyllic island, untouched by time and the war between the dystopian Maternopole and Overmere. Everything seems about to change, however, when Eric finds out about two girls on the mainland asking for help, throwing the island and its inhabitants into a maelstrom of uncertainty.
Bouffon Stories 2012
Series: Bouffon Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,660. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Twenty-one delicious stories for your delectation. All based on writing prompts from various fans (and/or readers), these bizarre tales range from comedic to serious, from horror to noir, from back to front, and back again.
Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman
Series: Jewel Friedman Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,590. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Meet Detective... uh... Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman, a brilliant, quirky young woman who is one of the most talented detectives of Scotland Yard. Follow in her footsteps as she solves five bizarre murder cases, taking her from London to Hawaii, to great heights and great depths.
Bouffon Stories 2011
Series: Bouffon Stories. Price: Free! Words: 16,460. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Bouffon Stories 2011 is a collection of 28 short stories, all lovingly crafted to meet the standards of those who submitted writing prompts. The result is a strange but potent mixture of stories, ranging from funny and emotional to downright bizarre.
Struglend Tales
Series: The Struglend Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,630. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Follow Edward, the ugliest and probably most haphazard king Struglend has ever had, and his herald Fred, as they go on a quest to restore order to the universe. Well, maybe not the universe, but at least the little piece of land they call home – Struglend. In their journey to remove the evil knight who has invaded the kingdom, they meet several hilarious characters.

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