Jesse Bethea was the 2019 Great Novel Contest grand champion with his winning manuscript, Fellow Travellers. Jesse accepted a traditional publishing contract from Bellwether, the publishing imprint of The Ohio Writers’ Association, and his book is slated to be released later this month. The Bellwether team has been working hard on the publication of Fellow Travellers, and we’re thrilled to host a formal cover reveal here!
Fellow Travellers follows the journey of Bindra Dhar, a young woman who, after being welcomed into the global community of professional time travelers, finds herself targeted by an enigmatic time criminal named Thurmond. As she discovers new allies and adversaries on her mission to stop Thurmond’s agenda — and to survive it — she learns that time travel is more dangerous and morally fraught than she ever could’ve expected. Fellow Travellers is a book about people who happen to be time travelers, their wants, their needs, their feelings, their fears, and their community.
Advance praise for Fellow Travellers:
A whirlwind adventure, fantastical and intriguing, Jesse Bethea has reenvisioned time travel into a force of nature in Fellow Travellers. When Bindra Dhar meets a mysterious American in her small village in India, she eagerly embraces the wisdom and danger of time traveling. Sci-fi and fantasy readers alike will be swept up in Bindra’s tale.
–Reina Cruz, author of Daughter of Isis
“Fellow Travellers adroitly balances the logic of time travel with its fantasy and mystique, and does so with understated depth that leaves me wanting more stories from this universe — and surely it could support as many as you could fit in the whole of time. Add a vibrant, diverse cast (to make the road less lonely) and a gripping, genre-blending plot and you’ve got a stellar debut novel. I can’t wait to see what Bethea does next.”
— AC Stuart, cartoonist, creator of Awoo!
“Fellow Travelers is a fast-paced trip through time and into a world where everything has happened, is happening, and will happen. This science fiction tale combines world building and clever characters to craft a story that will keep readers engaged until the end. Amazing manuscript!”
–Great Novel Contest judge feedback
About the author:
Jesse is a journalist, author, videographer, and the winner of the 2019 Great Novel Contest. Born and raised in Fairfax, VA, he moved to Ohio in 2010.
In 2014, Jesse moved to Columbus and immediately started writing for ColumbusUnderground.com, where his work has been recognized several times by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. By 2015, he was working for The Ohio Channel (Ohio’s version of C-SPAN) as an assistant producer.
On the rare occasions when Jesse gives himself a break from writing, he enjoys hiking, true crime podcasts, and reading, specifically non-fiction disaster/survival narratives. If there’s a situation where people have had to eat each other, he’s interested in reading more about it.
Jesse currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Melissa.
Look for a Fellow Travellers release at the end of this month. We also have a very special second Fellow Travellers announcement coming at the end of next week, so stay tuned to the Ohio Writers’ Association Facebook and Twitter accounts so you don’t miss it!