Jack B. Downs was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Greenbelt, MD. While working as a technical writer and project manager, he wrote his first short fiction story, “Sentry Duty,” in 2004, which was published in Ascent Aspirations Magazine the following year.
In 2005, Jack began work on his debut mystery novel, Buried Treasure. For six years, he wrote mainly in the early morning hours before his children arose. During this time, he began teaching professional and technical writing and project management at the University of Maryland University College and University of Maryland Baltimore County. and founded the Eldersburg Novel and Short Story Critique Group. He is currently president of the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association.
In late 2011, Apprentice House of Baltimore accepted Buried Treasure for publication. In the spring of 2012, Apprentice House also accepted his second novel, The Eden Mist Affair, for publication, which is scheduled for release in February 2013.
Jack is also the author of several other stories, including “Dream Surfer,” published in 2005 by Nuvein Magazine, and “As the Crow Flies,” published in 2012 as part of the anthology That One Left Shoe.
He continues to teach while he works on his third novel, The Hermes Project, and his fourth project about a very special Catholic parish in Charles County, MD. He lives with his wife Jen and their three boys in Carroll County, MD.