Interview with Jimmy Earl Cooley

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its made it easy for me to retrieve my old or new photos and writings and quickly convert to a form that can be shared with others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Documentating an idea, story, or capturing the essence of a photo and being able to share with friends, family, and others.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I 1953 received my first camera when I was a junior in high school. I started right away, recordings things about the images I captured and later put these ideas into writings which I called my "Captured Rememberances" Guess I have always been sort of a photo journalist.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I mostly write to friends and family so never really worry about fans. Who knows maybe writing could become a full time hobby while Im retired?
Who are your favorite authors?
James Lee Burke, James Frazier,
What is your writing process?
I wish I had a process and a lot more discipline about writing and taking photos. I have so many stories and ideas dancing abound in my head from past life and photos and also just going outside I see many more things to capture and document. I dont know how some retired people can never find anything to do?! Age and health, im sure, play a part in the overall process of activity for some folks. Im slow about most things but understand that the process is to keep moving and thinking to keep, not necessarily young, but to keep active.
What are you working on next?
I have finished a book on my maternal great grandfather Litttle Berry Cooley who was born in South Carolina and moved to Mississippi. His father fought in the Rev War from SC. Little Berry fought in the Civil War from MS and afterwards traveled with his family and other Cooleys/Arringtons to Texas then to LA by 1880. He had two marriages, second being Lovenia Arrrington. Both are buried in Hopewell Cemetery in Beauregard Parish, LA. The book covers his life from MS to LA, with much accurate information and some fiction added for interest and to protray what life was like at that time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, reading, beekeeping, raising muscadines, making wine, active in Beauregard Parish Master Gardener Program with LSu support, member of Louisiana Archaeology Society, local History and Genealogy activities, and of course, probably the most interesting for me is still Photography. So I now think of myself as a photojournalist. At my work at NASA we flew several space flight mass spectrometers to measure the atmospheric composition of severa planets; including the Earth, Jupiter, and Venus. The last thing I worked on before retiring was the Gamma Ray Observatory Spacecraft which measured high energy gamma rays from the heavens. But thats another life. LOL
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Bought a Nook for Barnes and Noble and discoverd ebooks were was easy to retrieve and read and did not have to purchase hard copies -- that are swallowing my office now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Not easy as I am 78 now but living on 40 acres in Louisiana makes for many adventures for me. Im a Master Gardener and like to grow things from scratch and see the resurls, of course, writing about my photographs is good and taking images of growing things is a challenge as well as growing a garden. Like to play golf and fly an airplane but those days are over for me. I bought a boat and plan to outfit it with my camera and take photographs of the good fishing holes in and around SW LA. Maybe publish these images with stories. Of course I enjoy sharing life and doing things with my wife Carollyn as she is a great support and encouragemnet most of the time. LOL
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, It was a story my Mama told be at bedtime about the ole Wolf that ate the little ducklings. It both scared me but ended good so I could sleep. This story is included in this book.
Published 2014-10-07.
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Books by This Author

Little Berry Cooley
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 104,370. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
This book deals with the life of Little Berry Cooley from the death of his first wife Milly Ann Arrington, in Mississippi through his second marriage to Lovenia Arrington, Milly’s niece, and their lives in Texas and Louisiana until his death in 1903. It also deals with maternal research of my Cooley family.
A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,780. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
This book contains a collection of short stories by Jimmy Earl Cooley, an nasa engineer on his life and work in Louisiana and Maryland. His imaginary friend Abigaile Interfaces with him in many faucets of his life causing adventures and misadventures.