J.C. Bruce is
a journalist and author of a series of award-winning books
recounting the misadventures of Alexander Strange whose weird news
column, The Strange Files, is published by
The five books chronicling Strange’s adventures are now available
for sale online. They are, in sequence, The Strange
Files, Florida Man, Get Strange, Strange
Currents and Mister Manners. They are available as
hardcovers, trade paperbacks and eBooks at all major online book
retailers. Mister Manners is also available as an
Strange Currents was recently awarded the Gold Medal in the annual
Royal Palm Literary Awards sponsored by the Florida Writers
Association. Mister Manners received a Silver Medal for the first
draft of the unpublished manuscript that has since gone to press.
Mister Manners was also a finalist for Best Book of the
Bruce encountered Strange when they worked together at
Daily Sun, which, sadly, like so many newspapers these
days, has seen its shelf life expire. Alexander now lives in
Naples, Florida aboard his fishing trawler, the Miss Demeanor.
Bruce lives in a house.
Before Bruce began occupying his time deciphering the notes Strange
has kept of his various assignments, he was the
journalist-in-residence at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio,
and earlier in his newspaper career served as an editor, managing
editor, or reporter at, among other places, the Naples Daily News,
Daily News, the Austin
American-Statesman, the Longview
News-Journal, the Miami Herald,
Beach Post, the St. Petersburg
Times (now the Tampa Bay Times)
and the Tampa
Times (now deceased).
Once, he even served as the press secretary in Washington, D.C. for
a congressman who ended up getting indicted and sent to
This job hopping has allowed him to experience varied swaths of our
great country, sometimes without flashing blue lights in the rear
view mirror. (Next to the law of gravity, his favorite statute is
the one about limitations.)
He nailed down a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University
somewhere along this journey, and a bachelor’s degree from St.
Edward’s University. He also served time at the University of South
A perpetual joiner, he's a current or past member of various
professional organizations including the Mystery Writers of
America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, the
American Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional
Journalists, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Bruce is a former director of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a
former director (and lecturer) for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop.
He's served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and the National
Journalism Awards, and is a member of American MENSA, which he
likes to mention so you’ll think he's smart.
And last week he scored a word worth 134 points in Word