Jordan O’Donnell is a novelist, businessman, former-FBI employee, and self-proclaimed wanderer. After two and half years at the FBI he denied Secret Service, DEA, and FBI agent offers to pursue the writing of Zoon Garden in hopes of bringing civility and empathy to polarized America. A Division 1 wrestler for Virginia Tech, where he completed both undergraduate and graduate work, Jordan writes, wrestles, and weight lifts while he looks for the next adventure to pursue or the next injustice to fight. He splits his time between a farmhouse on the east coast and a converted school bus traveling the Americas. He aspires to be a homeless millionaire, a successful man who gained the world but gave it back to the people for sake of a better tomorrow.
His debut novel Zoon Garden: The Decline of a Nation, a political satire of 21st century America, is currently available on Amazon. You can find it here.
Jordan genuinely enjoys connecting with people. Reach out via the contact section or social media. He would be happy to start a conversation about anything under the sun. Do note he lives in a cabin in the woods so please forgive any delayed responses.
Below find some of Jordan's favorite quotes and mantras by which he lives.
“At some thoughts one stands perplexed, especially at the sight of men’s sin, and wonders whether one should use force or humble love. Always decide to use humble love. If you resolve on that once for all, you may subdue the whole world. Loving humility is marvelously strong, the strongest of all things and there is nothing else like it.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka
“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is a bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London
“When a soldier was injured and could not get back to safety, his buddy went out to get him, against his officer’s orders. He returned mortally wounded and his friend, whom he had carried back, was dead. The officer was angry. “I told you not to go,” he said. “Now I’ve lost both of you. It was not worth it.” The dying man replied, “But it was, sir, because when I got to him he said, ‘Jim, I knew you’d come.’” – Leslie D. Weatherhead