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February 28, 2019
Featured Author - James O. Born
James O. Born is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Psychology. Born started his career as a US Drug Agent (DEA) and was part of the late 1990’s Miami drug war. He then became a Special Agent with the elite Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working undercover and spending eleven years on the agency’s Special Operation’s Team (also called SWAT). Born has blended his career in law enforcement with his love of writing. He advised several writers, including Elmore Leonard, John Sanford and Michael Connelly. Born was the official consultant on Elmore Leonard’s Karen Sisco, as well as a number of Discovery Channel shows. He has appeared as a commentator on several shows related to criminal investigations. In 2004, Putnam published his first novel, Walking Money. Born is proud that one of his literary heroes, W.E.B. Griffin, picked Walking Money as an all-time favorite beach book. Walking Money was a finalist for the Barry Award. The darkly comic series continued with Escape Clause, which won the gold medal in the Florida Book Award in 2007. In 2009, he won the Barry Award for short fiction at the International Mystery Writer's Conference. Also in 2009, Born published the first of several thrillers set in the vastly changed landscape of Florida in the future under the pseudonym James O’Neal. The series features a police detective investigating crime and coping with the pressures of life more than twenty years from now. The first novel, titled The Human Disguise and the sequel, The Double Human received praise from Publisher’s Weekly. In 2014, Born coauthored Border War with TV commentator Lou Dobbs. His current series is a realistic view of police k-9s. The first novel in the series Scent of Murder (April, 2015), follows the pursuit of a serial kidnaper and showcases k-9s. In 2016, Born started as a co-writer with James Patterson. The 2017 releases were both in the top five mystery books for sales. There are more Patterson/Born books scheduled for later this year.
Born has delivered talks to professional writing organizations and has taught writing at conferences across the country. He was chosen as one of Florida's 21 most intriguing people by Florida Monthly Magazine. Born has also received a proclamation from the Senate of South Carolina for his efforts to advance literacy. Born has been involved with several TV projects. He has appeared on Fox News and CNN and was interviewed on
camera for a Discovery ID show called A Crime to Remember. During his law enforcement career, Born has received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the US Attorney’s Office, the Silver Medal of Valor, The Distinguished Service Award and awards for merit in investigations. In 2009, he received the Life
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