Jeff Widmer

Biography

Jeff Widmer is the author of the CW McCoy and the Brinker series of crime novels and well as numerous standalone novels and non-fiction books. A former journalist, advertising executive and nationally syndicated reviewer, his work has appeared in publications ranging from Advertising Age to US Airways magazine to National Geographic World.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
After sending queries to 76 agents, I received a number of kind comments but no offers of representation. Then an indie author told me about Joanna Penn and her Creative Penn podcasts about the publishing industry. I found her rationale for going independent so compelling I decided to learn as much as I could. The materials on Smashwords were also a great help. In an increasingly DIY world, indie publishing makes a lot sense.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the process, the act of writing. Something I think publishing is just an excuse to keep writing.
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Where to find Jeff Widmer online

Videos

Peak Season: A CW McCoy Novel
When a fugitive kidnaps her family, former police detective CW McCoy must decide which side of the law she's on.

Series

A CW McCoy Novel
Forced to shoot a fellow police officer, CW McCoy surrenders her gun, her badge and her confidence to take refuge in Southwest Florida. There, in the tony tourist mecca of Spanish Point, CW sells luxury real estate and cares for her ailing grandfather. But even in paradise, violence finds her like a divining rod.
Peak Season
Price: $9.99 USD.
Permanent Vacation
Price: $9.99 USD.
Burning Man
Price: $9.99 USD.
A Brinker Novel
A disgraced journalist known only as Brinker must come to terms with his dissolution and new role in the subversive business of public relations in this series of edgy thrillers.
Mr. Mayhem
Price: $9.99 USD.
Mr. Magic
Price: $9.99 USD.

Books

Burning Man
Series: A CW McCoy Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 64,970. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Thirty years after her family perished in a fire, former detective CW (Candace) McCoy revisits her hometown to uncover the devastating truth of that night.
Finding Woodstock
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century, Nonfiction » Music » Rock music
In Finding Woodstock, Jeff Widmer reflects on one of America’s most turbulent times as he examines the promise of a generation and the decade that shaped our lives.
Born Under a Bad Sign
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 78,710. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Amid the turbulence of the 1960s, two young people fight for their dreams . . . and their lives.
Permanent Vacation
Series: A CW McCoy Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 58,460. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Real estate agent CW McCoy must solve the murder of a whistleblower before the city elite send the former detective on a permanent vacation.
Curb Appeal: a CW McCoy Novel
Series: A CW McCoy Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 66,290. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In her third outing (after Peak Season and Tourist in Paradise), CW McCoy’s must unmask a serial killer who’s murdering real estate agents before the killer targets her.
Mr. Magic
Series: A Brinker Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 58,740. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A PR whiz must make the competition disappear or vanish himself.
Tourist in Paradise: a CW McCoy Novel
Series: A CW McCoy Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 63,890. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Former detective CW McCoy battles punks, politicians and police to determine who's killing tourists in Southwest Florida.
Mr. Mayhem
Series: A Brinker Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 64,430. Language: American English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A disgraced journalist teams with a doctor to euthanize terminally ill patients, but will the assassin they hire target them?
Riding with the Blues
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Criminology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Decision-making & problem solving
From Ferguson to Baltimore to Hattiesburg, police officers face an unprecedented challenge—how to keep the law while maintaining public trust. Riding with the Blues explores the often hidden world behind the badge, taking readers beyond the front lines of law enforcement to see how officers feel about their work and the people they protect.
Peak Season
Series: A CW McCoy Novel. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 74,180. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a fugitive kidnaps her family, former police officer CW McCoy must decide which side of the law she’s on.