Jeff Garvin is an author, musician, and actor. His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Before becoming a novelist, Jeff acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California.
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Jeff Garvin is an author, musician, and actor. His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, tells the story of Riley, a gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. The novel is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.
Jeff grew up in Orange County, California, and started acting in high school. He enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City. Recently, he’s returned to the big screen in an independent horror feature.
While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction. In addition to writing novels and performing in an 80s cover band, Jeff is the cohost of The Hero’s Journey Podcast,in which he and his partner examine classic and contemporary books and films through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s iconic hero’s journey framework.
Jeff lives in Southern California with his wife and children (of both human and furry varieties) and a respectable collection of books and guitars.