Jeff Erno began writing LGBT fiction in the late 1990s. Although an avid reader and amateur writer from a very young age, Jeff pursued a career as a retail store manager in Northern Michigan. When his first gay-themed novel was published, he was shocked that anyone would even want to read it. Four years later, he writes full time and has published fifteen novels. Jeff now lives in Southern Michigan, where he resides with his pure-white cat, Gandalf.
Jeff's writing credits include a variety of themes and sub-genres including male romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction, erotica, and BDSM. He is the winner of a 2012 Rainbow Award and an Honorable Mention in 2011. His style is unpretentious and focused upon emotionally-driven, character-based stories that touch the heart. Jeff is especially passionate about young adult literature and combating teen bullying and youth suicide.
Interviews with Jeff Erno
- Jeff Erno: Introduction & Giveaway at True Colorz, December 30, 2102
- Interview with Jeff Erno at Reviews by Jessewave, May 30, 2012
- Say Hello To: Jeff Erno at Author Allison Cassatta, April 24, 2012
- Author Jeff Erno interview and give-away at Chaos in the Moonlight, December 21, 2011
- Saturday Spotlight: Jeff Erno at It's Raining Men, December 3, 2011
- Q&A With Jeff Erno: Author of You Belong with Me at Boys On the Brink website May 22, 2013
Jeff's Personal Mission Statement
I will strive to live my life in a way that reflects my commitment to spiritual growth, personal responsibility, compassionate understanding of others, integrity, forgiveness, faith in humanity, and respect for diversity.
I will remain focused upon future goals yet will not forget the lessons from my past, striving to see the importance and significance of each new challenge.
I will cherish the memories of loved ones who have passed, while pressing forward beyond the grief to fulfill my own aspirations, striving to live my life in a way that pays tribute to those who have gone before me in this journey.
I will remain committed to the belief that all humans are souls and all have an innate sense of goodness within them. I will strive to look to the heart of each individual to find this goodness, doing so with understanding and compassion rather than condescension and judgment.
I will acknowledge my errors and make amends for the mistakes I have made, ever striving to learn more. I will never assume to know all there is to know about any topic, and will look for new perspectives and different ways of viewing things on a daily basis.
I will try to objectively assess my accomplishments and to acknowledge that I have progressed, while remaining humble and grateful to all who have contributed to my growth.
I will strive to set an example for those who follow me in my journey, offering encouragement and support.
I will strive to be an honest person, never sacrificing my own values for the sake of monetary acquisitions or fame.
I will strive to give back to humanity by capitalizing upon my God-given gifts, utilizing my talents to make a difference in the world around me.
I will not harbor bitterness or resentment towards those who have wronged me, but will strive to show forgiveness in the same way that others have forgiven me for my own failures.
I will seek the guidance and leadership of those who have experienced more than me. I will respect the importance of their status, while also not expecting perfection.
I will live healthily, taking responsibility for my own physical condition.
I will take responsibility for my emotional and psychological needs, striving to become a stronger person in spite of and because of the intensity of my feelings.
I will not view myself as a perpetual victim of life circumstances, but will instead strive to analyze the lessons that stem from tragedy.
I will remember that I am not alone in my journey. Others have gone through all that I am experiencing and are available to offer encouragement and guidance.
I will not fear failure, but will cling to the belief that nothing ventured is nothing gained.
I will not seek revenge upon those who have hurt me, deliberately or accidentally. I will not deliberately hurt others.
I will strive to develop meaningful relationships with family and friends, understanding that the connection of souls is our greatest spiritual gift.
I will remain dedicated to a life focused upon love.