Jeffrey M. Fortney


I'm a former United States Air Force firefighter, crew chief, and instructor. I currently work as a senior editor/photographer for the world's premiere fire service training materials publisher.

I've been a writer my entire life starting with pen and paper, then graduating to a manual typewriter my parents purchased for me. Now, of course, I'd be lost without my PC and Microsoft Word!

Science fiction, adventure, histories, and biographies are favorite genres of mine. My favorite authors and major writing influences include Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert A. Heinlein, G. Harry Stine/Lee Correy, Travis S. Taylor, S.M. Stirling, and many others.

My wife and I have been married over 30 years. We have four children and five grandchildren (currently!).

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was 10 years old and wrote a short story about a lost puppy looking for his family. The babysitter read it and sent it to the Arizona Republic newspaper which published the story. I received a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes as compensation!
What is your writing process?
After an idea has coalesced, I write out a rough outline in paragraph format. When the writing bug bites, I get on the computer and begin typing. When I'm typed out, I stop for the evening. Once the story is complete, I go back throughout and edit and tweak, as needed.

If I'm working with my son, Kyle, I then turn it over to him for his tweaking and edits. Then I make a final pass through to fix any last minute issues.
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Where to find Jeffrey M. Fortney online


Honing Your Instructional Skills
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Professional development
Do you ever wonder why some instructors/teachers are more successful than others? How are they able to reach and inspire their students when others cannot? What are they doing differently than their co-workers? What can you do to become a more effective instructor/teacher? Honing Your Instructional Skills discusses nine areas that instructors/teachers can work on to improve their teaching.

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Latest book: Forward Thru The Fires of Life. Published January 11, 2014.