Jan Bono


UPDATE: August, 2014. "Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey" is now available here on Smashwords, and I am thrilled! It took over a decade to see the culmination of two miracles—losing 252 pounds and finishing the book about it!

Meanwhile, I am still 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. And for the romantics, "Romance 101: 42 light, sweet, delicious, G-rated short stories." I've also written a dozen one-act plays, one full-length play, and a dinner theater murder mystery. All have been performed on stage.

A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, I’ve had 28 stories accepted in the past 4 1/2 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, will be published in 2015, and by then, maybe there will be a third one finished!

Thanks for checking out my bio; I hope you enjoy my writing!

Where to find Jan Bono online

Where to buy in print


Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,290. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction & recovery
(5.00 from 1 review)
I was 45 years old and weighed 396 pounds. Now I am 60, and weigh 144. This is the story of my journey from life-threatening morbid obesity to healthy weight maintenance without gastric bypass, lap band surgery, liquid fasting, diet pills, or extreme exercise. Let me inspire you with my experience, strength, and hope. Learn the tips, tricks and tools I used.
It's Christmas! Forty-eight Stories and Three One-act Plays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,210. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
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. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
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: 3,440. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: 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: 4,050. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: 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. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations
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: 44,470. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012. Categories: 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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