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Born May 27th, 1969 in Oakland California, Jaime Buckley has always aspired to be something more. Now at 364lbs he’s beginning to rethink his aspirations. Rumors say he’s a loving husband and father of 12 amazing kids…but you know how rumors get started. He dreams of a career as a Pepsi connoisseur. Heck, he’d even settle for being a cheese maker, sausage taster or anything else that might prevent global warming by eating animals. Hey, we all have to do our part.
Instead Jaime labors from dawn until dusk building worlds, crafting magic, translating ancient alien text, training heroes, fighting monsters and trying to figure out Twitter. Though there are some days when he feels like giving it all up to become a handsome billionaire, he stays the course, entertaining children around the world.
That’s what matters most to Jaime Buckley: the youth.
With a long history of odd jobs, from theatre usher to bodyguard, substitute teacher to a six-figure financial rep, nothing hits home stronger than being a storyteller. His own rough youth experiences gave Jaime an eye for troubled souls, who always find a compassionate heart and unyielding perspective in the Indie author. A self-taught cartoonist, publisher and web designer, this 45 year old grandfather sought a way to uplift and encourage youth through comic books in 2004. With a handful of library books, Jaime created his first website and sold his .PDF creations for $0.97 each.
In 2009 the Buckley’s found themselves homeless. The housing bubble had burst and it was near impossible to find sufficient work to support such a large family. During this great struggle Jaime was encouraged to convert his comics into novels. He spent nearly a year with his nose pressed into the corner of a four room basement apartment, relying on earplugs and calendar pictures to battle both sanity and depression. A flash flood soon followed, destroying most the family’s possessions and leaving their tiny dwelling deep in sewer water.
Seeing the Buckley’s plight, Jaime’s employers contributed portions of their own paychecks to place the family in better living conditions. Nearly a year later and months after publishing his first book, the company went under and the Buckley’s found themselves homeless once more.
In the midst of their deepest trials, Jaime was approached by his wife and children. Seeing the positive influence his stories continued to have on others, the family made a plan. Work. Focus. Endure. Create.
“If we’re going to struggle and suffer,” stated his wife Kathilynn, “then we want to struggle for something we all believe in.”
Today the family resides in Santaquin, Utah, where Jaime and his oldest children all work together to support the family. He rises at 3am each morning to write and bring their united dream to fruition, while still working every job he can find. When he’s not working multiple jobs Jaime also designs games and teaches worldbuilding through his daily blog. He’s too fat to learn ballet and the only instrument he plays is the radio, but he is taking classes to learn the kazoo. He still sucks at it, but he’s hopeful.
on Dec. 04, 2011 :
Was sad to see it end. I will now have to look for part two.
(reviewed long after purchase)