Jeff Noonan is a Montana native who retired a few years ago as the president of a nationwide corporation. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren. Rocky Mountain Justice is his second published book. The first, The Long Escape, told the story of a boy’s decade-long odyssey from abuse and poverty to success and stability.
As a young man, Jeff worked as a laborer for farms, ranches, lumber mills, and a railroad. He then served in both the Army and the Navy, retiring from the Navy as a commissioned warrant officer. While in the Navy, he commissioned five ships at Bath Iron Works, worked in guided missile research at White Sands Missile Range, and served two and a half years in Viet Nam operations. When he retired, he was a combat systems officer in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
After leaving the military, Jeff worked his way up from an entry-level technical position to become the executive-vice president of a 900-person corporation with offices worldwide. During this era, he moved two companies into the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey, in order to provide jobs where none existed. He then took over a troubled seven-person North Carolina company and turned it into a solvent corporation with over 250 employees. In recognition of these efforts, a U.S. Congressional Committee officially awarded him their 1999 North Carolina Businessman of the Year plaque during a Washington, DC, ceremony.
Jeff sold his business interests in 2001 and retired to his hometown where he was soon elected president of the St. Regis Community Council, a position he held for four years. He was also the president of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce for two years. He still lives in western Montana.
And now from the author himself:
It’s My Kids’ Fault! They Made Me Do It!
A few years ago, I was a happy retiree who stayed home a lot, travelled occasionally, and took great pleasure in being underfoot whenever my wife wanted to clean or cook anything. Then I made the mistake of telling my eldest daughter that I was “kind of bored”. I really wasn’t, but I really felt like griping that day.
It was a short time later that the harassment started. All four of the ungrateful, disrespectful rug-rats that I had nurtured through their cute periods, their ungodly teenage years, and their poverty-stricken young adult periods, teamed up on me. “You always said that you wished you had written down Mom’s stories about her childhood!” “You can write. We know you can!” “We want to read about life in the last century when you were young!” “C’mon Dad, get off your butt!” The harassment went on, unabated, for months. Finally I gave in and started writing the story of my youth.
When I worked for a living, eons ago, I did a lot of writing. But it was all technical in nature. Nothing that even required readability. Writing that first book was one of the most difficult things that I’ve ever done. The book documented my childhood in an abusive household and the journey that I had taken to escape the abuse and put it behind me. Emotions came to the surface over things that I had half-forgotten years ago and I did a lot of typing with tears obscuring the keyboard. But I got it done. The book was published in 2011. Since then many readers have told me that I helped them, or their children, through tough times. If so, it was worth the effort.
I decided to write the second book just to see if I could also write fiction. The book is based on an old story that was circulating around when I was a boy in the mountains of Montana. It has a basis in real events that occurred way back then, but I unabashedly embellished them until the facts are unrecognizable and the story is pure fiction. This book was published in March 2013. I’m waiting to see what the world thinks of it.
You can find more about Jeff and his writing via…
- His website: www.jeffnoonan.com
- His first book, The Long Escape: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00772VHHE and https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00772VHHE
- His second book, Rocky Mountain Justice (The Legend of Camel’s Hump): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BZDPS12 and https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BZDPS12
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