In Need of Scissors Since 2000


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FINAL 2022 NaNoWriMo Word Count: 84,750 words

About J.D. Cunegan
J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books and art, his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be found at a race track or watching a race on TV.

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Jill Andersen Series
Bounty (Jill Andersen #1)
Blood Ties 
(Jill Andersen #2)
Behind the Badge
(Jill Andersen #3)
Behind the Mask 
(Jill Andersen #4)
Betrayal (Jill Andersen #5)
Boundless (exclusive to newsletter subscribers; Jill Andersen #0)

Also Available

Legends of the Gem

The Art of Reading: How Reading Can Help You Become a Better, More Productive Writer

Cracks in the Tapestry (anthology; co-author)
Courage on Infinite Earths (Kindle exclusive anthology; co-author)
Warps in the Tapestry (anthology; co-author)

Coming Soon
Bitter End
(Jill Andersen #6)
Summertime, Assassins, and Other Skullduggeries
Prelude to Hellion
Land of the Free (Hellion #1)

*Unless otherwise noted, all books are available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords.

But why do we need scissors?
Because I’m a fan of obscure pop culture references; this one in particular relates back to the classic videogame Metal Gear Solid 2. Late in that game, the Colonel starts spouting off all kinds of nonsense, a glitch in the proverbial AI, and at one point, he blurts out, “I need scissors! 61!”

Taking that reference, I once formed INS Komix, an independent comic book studio that was set to publish such titles as Bounty and Notna. But somewhere along the way, I became a much better writer than an artist, and my comic books became novels. INS (I Need Scissors) still exists, and I hope one day to be able to use it as my own publishing outlet.

“I hear it’s amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari Kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!”

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