jim photo 12-2-20 b&wI was born in Amarillo, Texas and grew up in rural East Texas. I’ve been ex-pat from Texas for many years, living and working in Cincinnati. Having Southern roots is a real advantage when it comes to writing fiction because I don’t have to make up much, I just have to remember. Like Faulkner said, in the South “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” But I do have to lie (because nobody would believe the truth).

I’ve walked in a lot of shoes, among a broad spectrum of people, many of them heroic, all of them flawed or troubled in some way. A wise man once taught me that “fiction is trouble.” As long as there are humans to walk with, there will be plenty of trouble to mine for good fiction.


Here’s a list of my shoes:

Ditch digger

Construction worker


Sausage maker


Forklift driver

Welder’s helper


Garbage collector

Lab assistant


Legal assistant

Marketing researcher

Adjunct professor

Data Scientist

Marketing director


4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I was touched by your story “While Her Guitar Gently Weeps” in the latest issue of Prime 53 magazine. I thought the characters and their pain was so tangible that it made me weep. I wrote for a local newspaper for 6 years and am now trying to delve into a much different style. Thanks for the wonderful example of great writing.


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