By Nicole Mion

I recently had the opportunity to talk with local author, Jeff Wylie, about his latest novel, Escaping Death: The Fight Against L.I.F.E. This novel, birthed from Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”, was written to show how the fear of death is similar to the fear of failure and that once a person finds a cause in life that is greater than the consequence of embracing the cause, death is no longer a threat. The novel’s main character, Gain, is a young man harboring a painful yet purposing past that inspires him to join a group of individuals who are on a mission to eradicate the United States of illegal drugs. Gain is also challenged to learn to live fearlessly, which is difficult because not only does he hold the fear of losing his life due to the dangers of his work, he additionally fears losing his love, Selena.

Wylie describes his novel, which took him approximately three months to write, as a very good “clean” read filled with suspense, romance and action. Although it is not a large novel, it is complete and fulfilling. Escaping Death is his second work and is available for purchase online through,, and for $11.99. It is also available electronically as an e-book.

Wylie’s writing career began in 2007 when he wrote his first book, a 12- week daily devotional entitled Did God Do That? (published through Xulon Press). He is currently in the process of writing a sequel, Escaping Death 2: Taming Wilde (published through Tate Publishing) and he hopes to be finished by the end of August 2013.

Jeff Wylie and his wife of 18 years, Esmirna, currently reside in Brandon, with their four children: Sherida, Brianna, Phillip, and Michael. A former serviceman for the U.S Army, as well as a former pastor, Wylie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys music, sports, and being with his family.

For more information, please visit or phone 846-9904.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.