Jeff Nania

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Jeff Nania

Jeff Nania is a former law enforcement officer, conservationist, biofuel creator, and an award-winning author. Published by Little Creek Press, the books in his Northern Lakes Mystery series—Figure Eight (2019), Spider Lake (2020), and Bough Cutter (2021)—have been recognized by the Midwest Book Awards, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 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 for outdoor adventures. These foundational experiences fostered a sense of community, a passion for outdoor traditions, and a love of our natural resources. 

Serving in many law enforcement roles, Jeff was a decorated officer and member of the first canine unit patrolling with his dog, Rosi. Things changed and Jeff found himself knee-deep in wetland restoration. He received the National Wetlands Award and Outdoor Life Magazine named Jeff one of the nation’s 25 most influential conservationists for his habitat work. The Wisconsin Senate commended Jeff with a Joint Resolution for his work with wetlands, education, and as a non-partisan advisor on environmental issues.

Now a full-time novelist, Jeff spends as much time as possible fishing Spider Lake and exploring Wisconsin’s landscape with his friends and family. Find more of Jeff’s writing online at and follow him on social media.

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Jeff discuss Bough Cutter, the third book in his Northern Lakes Mystery series, with author Sharon Lynn. May 2021.

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