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Frontier teacher will have book launch party for crime novel

WHO DUNNIT — Jeff Schober will be launching the release of his new book \"Boneshaker.\" Photo courtesy of
HAMBURG — Author Jeff Schober said that he has wanted to be a writer since he was very young. “I just like telling good stories,” he said.

Schober said that, when he was bored as a child, his mother would tell him to write a story. His writing took off from there and he hasn’t looked back.

Schober is a published author, a journalist and a teacher in the Frontier Central School District, where he teaches English and journalism.

A book launch party scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 will unveil his recently published crime novel “Boneshaker.” The event, which will take place at Danny’s South in Orchard Park, is free and will include a cash bar, appetizers and books available for sale.

“Boneshaker” is the second book in a series, although Schober said that the books do not necessarily have to be read in order.

The plot follows the mystery of a nurse who disappeared, after she punched out from her shift at a Buffalo hospital.

Schoeber said that crime fiction, the genre he most loves to read, thus inspires him to write. He said that he has read authors from the ‘20s and ‘30s, and has also perused more recent influences such as authors Michael Connelly and John Sandford.

From start to finish, Schober’s most recent novel, “Boneshaker,” took approximately four months to complete.

“You get on a roll,” he said. “I appreciate [being in the zone] for what it’s worth.”

After completion, the book was picked up by local publishing company No Frills Buffalo. Schober said that the company’s owner, Mark Pogodzinski, “wanted to create a company that’s author-friendly.”

The author said he has had varying experience with publishers. “It’s more pleasant dealing with certain publishers than others,” Schober said, proposing an analogy of actors and actresses who film blockbuster movies to make their money for the year, but will then do small independent films for pleasure.

Schober said that working with a smaller publishing company allows an author more creative freedom.

Designer Alex Turnwall, a Frontier graduate who currently runs a design company in Boston, Mass., was brought on board to design the cover of “Boneshaker.”

Schober said that, while he was told that every author should write 1,000 pages before attempting to be published, “there are prodigies who can just do it.”

Now, with another book published and on bookshelves, Schober will continue to write, in his preferred time during the morning, as he is working on a third continuation of his book series.

“Some days good stuff comes,” he said. “When you put in the time, it’s going to work.”

Danny’s South is located at the corner of Abbott and Big Tree roads in Orchard Park.

“Boneshaker” will be available for sale at and Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

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