My name is J.D. McFarren. I'm a writer and candle maker living in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. I have a masters in Cultural Development and work at a private college.
I write both fiction and nonfiction for children and adults with publications in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Helen: A Literary Magazine, and Warm Brothers Magazine. I am the author of October Jones: The Lightning Pines Mystery, which is the first in a planned series of books for kids.
Ten-year-old October Jones popped into my head and wouldn't leave me alone for a few months before his story came to me one day while I was walking my dogs through a local cemetery. October and his friends are fun to write about, and a lot of the places in the book are based on where I grew up. I miss being a kid, but writing about October lets me relive my childhood with all of its mystery, excitement, and wonder.