Jay Bonansinga is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist SHATTERED (2007), and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels. Jay’s work has been translated into thirteen languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Jay has won major film festival awards, including a Gold Remi at the Houston International WorldFest and a Best Comedy Feature at the Queens International Film Festival, and his 2005 novel, FROZEN, is in development as a major motion picture starring Dennis Haysbert (THE UNIT). Jay’s 2004 non-fiction debut, THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND, won the Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Society, and is currently the primary source for the acclaimed musical “EASTLAND” at the Tony award-winning Lookingglass Theater. Jay’s recently released non-fiction work, PINKERTON’S WAR, out from Lyons Press in 2011, is a true historical thriller about the creator of the U.S. Secret Service. And Jay is currently writing a quartet of original novels based on the universe of Kirkman’s brilliant graphic novel, THE WALKING DEAD (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name). Jay is also a Visiting Professor at both Northwestern and DePaul universities where he teaches screenwriting.
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