Jeff Nania

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Jeff Nania

Jeff Nania is a former law enforcement officer, writer, conservationist, and biofuel creator. He is the author of three fiction books, Figure Eight (2019), Spider Lake (2020), and Bough Cutter (2021) in his award-winning Northern Lakes Mystery series published by Little Creek Press. His narrative non-fiction writing has appeared in Wisconsin Outdoor News, Double Gun Journal, The Outlook, and other publications.


Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jeff’s family settled in Madison’s storied Greenbush neighborhood. His father often loaded Jeff, his brothers, and a couple of dogs into an old jeep station wagon and set out for outdoor adventures. These experiences were foundational for developing a sense of community, a passion for outdoor traditions, and a love of our natural resources.


Jeff has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally. Outdoor Life Magazine named him as one of the nation’s 25 most influential conservationists, and he received the National Wetlands Award for his wetland restoration work. The Wisconsin Senate commended Jeff with a Joint Resolution for his work with wetlands, education, and as a non-partisan advisor on natural resources.


Now a full-time novelist, Jeff spends as much time as possible exploring outdoor Wisconsin with his friends and family.

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Additional Publications by Jeff:

  • "Global Warming: An Inconvenient Truth with an Inconvenient Answer" (Spring/Summer 2008), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

  • "Age of Discovery" (Winter/Spring 2007), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

  • "Ramblings from a day hunting: The election and ecological restoration" (December 2006), Wisconsin Sportmen's Digest.

  • "Hunting: The Future" (Nov 2006), Wisconsin Sportmen's Digest.

  • "Progress: The Word has Many Meanings" (Winter/Spring 2006), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

  • "Willys: Fence Rows Conversation" (Winter/Summer 2005), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

  • "The Oldman, the double barrel, and the youngster" (Summer/Fall 2002), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

  • "WWA Rewrites History" (date unknown), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

  • "Wetland Habitat Restoration" (date unknown), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

"About Figure Eight" with Jeff Nania

Ocooch Books, Richland Center, Wisconsin
February 2019