​​​​​Utah Girl Chronicles is now available

on Amazon and Kindle!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​They met on DyeStat, a running message board. Soon they were the moderators and they tried to keep their relationship a secret. They fell in love and had big plans!  But it all fell apart. Twelve years later, she's an elite ultra-marathoner. She's setting ultra-marathon course records that may last a generation or two. By all eyewitness accounts, she's still a babe who is wildly adored in her Utah mountain trail running community. 

Her competitors can't keep up with her. Will Utah girl's past catch up with her? She's in a dysfunctional marriage. She has young kids. She has a history of affairs. Can anything jolt her out of achieving selfish objectives and make her be a better mom and wife? Is there a "come to Jesus moment" when Utah girl realizes she needs to focus on more than her next fling or her next sensational physical achievement?

Or should Utah girl just be allowed to be Utah girl? She is, after all, incredibly awesome!
  It's a journey towards closure and finding inner peace.

EXCERPTS:


​​​​​​​​​​​​​Utah Girl Chronicles is John Klancy's fiction book-writing debut. Formulated after years of on-going post-relationship insanity, main character Buddy addresses his frustrations and tries to get Utah girl to engage. The result is wild, ugly, disastrous, life-changing, and mind-blowing. The resolution is heart-warming as well as unexpected.


John Klancy has been a somewhat accomplished distance runner, a writing instructor, a hitchhiker/adventurer, a message board moderator, a raconteur, and a philanthropist. In his spare time, John enjoys knitting sweaters for rescue dogs. He lives in Woodstock, Illinois.


​His follow-up literary effort, "Flying By My Nuts", an anthology of short stories, is also now available on Amazon and Kindle!


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"As she proved in Mesquite with me and in Chicago with presumably another online guy acquisition, Utah girl’s best move was giving the impression she was zigging when she actually was zagging, the end around play when everyone was expecting her to be pounding it hard up the middle. In reality, Utah girl was probably getting pounded hard up the middle a lot."

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"Willie Mays could barely run out to center field when he was forty-three years old. Utah girl was setting course records in 2013 when she was forty-three, records that may last for a long time. She was the seventh fastest women’s master ultra-marathoner in her age group in the United States in 2013, a rather lofty and probably well-deserved distinction."

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"Utah girl used to brag on DyeStat about what a sure shot she was with all her guns. That was when she was in her 'Calamity Jane' mode. Guys were always impressed by how much of a ‘man’s woman’ she seemed to be. It was the LDS female equivalent of saying she could slug down whiskey shots, win bar fights, do engine tune-ups, and spit pumpkin seeds as far as any man could.”

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"​​​Utah girl was of course in self-promotion mode. She enjoyed having her picture on a national web site with thirty thousand members. If there was one oft-asked question the largely male demographic on that message board posed to themselves, it was, 'What does 867-5309 look like?' To her credit, she was confident enough to provide that answer. To her discredit, she was naïve in thinking she was not putting herself in jeopardy."

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 ​​​​​BOOK  REVIEWS: 


"Add this novel to the list of must read books about running. It is right up there with The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Running The Rift: A Novel, and Once a Runner.  If you love running you will love this book!"   -- David R. Senf

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"What a story!  A well-written cautionary tale about how easily we can get carried away by our passions."   -- Rajam Roose, author "Travels With A Roaddog"

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"Narcissism isn't officially a form of mental illness but being in a relationship with a narcissist can be difficult. What Buddy experienced with Utah girl is something many of us can relate with. I certainly did. It's the main reason I divorced my husband." -- Janice Waites

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"Utah girl reminds me of the Blues Brothers driving their Bluesmobile through that shopping mall, knocking things over, taking people out, and they think everything is OK. It must be a blast going through life without a conscience until somebody writes a book about you." -- Frank R.

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"When athletes quantify the quality of their lives by their athletic performances, the number of fans and followers they have and by how many sponsors they have, their loved ones can suffer. John Klancy writes about this phenomenon very engagingly." -- Bradley Osborn

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"Utah girl chased after celebrity and ultra course records. Sometimes people overcompensate for emptiness in their lives. It's a lesson we can all learn from." ​​-- Nikete Ethu

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​"Intense Read!!" -- Casey McKlintock

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​"Being an assertive alpha female in a sometimes repressive LDS culture can be a tough line to walk. I do feel some empathy for her. But she crossed the line too many times. It's a scathing analysis of character and probably well deserved. Buddy seems to be a real piece of work as well." -- Eloise Bouc

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​"The ending made me a little weepy! Looking forward to the sequel!" -- Kristen

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"I've never heard of anyone receiving LDS Atonement more than once. That's more than Jesus was atoned!" -- Clayton Russell

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"This took my mind away from Trump and Hillary for a few hours. Thanks."

-- Avery Lewis

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"Utah girl wants to have it all and in a way so do I. But she treats people as if they're roadkill and she seems to do it with ease. I know there are people like that and I'm going to make sure that I reach my goals without being like that. No one will ever be able to write a book like that about me." -- Jen Richards

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"Steve Magnesium!  LOL!" -- Steve Belz

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​"A book that covers ultras, trail running, 9/11, Atonement, marathons, message boards, runner chicks and John Gacy -- wow!  All male runners fantasize about meeting a Lithuanian robotics queen.  Lucky guy that Buddy. "  -- Willy Eccles

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"Buddy McGillacuddy is the Quenton Cassidy of this millennium!" -- Jason R.

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"The imprimatur of adoration can be a tough opiate to kick."