Jim Dreis

Biography

Jim Dreis

About the Author:

Married, proud father of a son, daughter and their families that include four delightful grandsons I’m convinced have bright futures. My sojourn into writing started in 1997. In The Traders, my first book, Ivan Schmidt, a real estate exchanger, gets involved in moving drugs. In the sequel, Trader Among the Flock, he invests in a church headed by a naïve minister. Constitutional Ban on Divorce – An Adult Fairy Tale, takes a humorous look at the institution of marriage.

I was fortunate in the service to have worked under a brilliant psychiatrist. His teachings serve as a back drop for much of my writing. The knowledge I gained working under him served me well in the psychiatric facility we worked at and later in my sojourn into drug treatment, residential treatment, employment work and real estate. I am currently licensed as a broker and have been since 1990. In 1984 I joined the Tucson Real Estate Exchangors because of their creative approach to solving real estate problems and in 1993 I was their president. I ended my involvement in 1997. Today I find writing, a delightful release for the ideas that float through my head.

Smashwords Interview

What did you like to read when you were a young boy? Did you have an interest in writing when you were very young?
I enjoyed reading but wasn’t obsessed with it. Essentially I read what ‘I had to.’ I preferred being outside playing baseball, hockey, badminton and other sports instead.
When and how did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
Knowing something about real estate exchanging I looked at our proximity to Mexico, the drug business, influx of senior citizens to Arizona and decided to create an unethical scumbag who controlled an exchange group. He convinced a drug dealer he could solve his problem of getting drugs across the border using the cash from sales to buy real estate owned by senior citizens which would then be traded for property out of the country (thereby laundering money). I had no intention of writing a book but as I created more and more characters the idea started to set in. A fish out of water if you will I took what I wrote to an editor of non-fiction to get some feed back. She related she loved the characters but added I needed more conflict. Having worked in a psychiatry clinic, drug treatment center and real estate exchanging I couldn’t get out of her office quick enough because conflict I could add. The book then became an obsession. Ideas were looked upon as pieces of gold. When they entered my mind I wrote them down, spoke into a recorder or bounded out of bed for the computer. Time of day meant nothing. Allowing an idea to slip away terrified me. More the merrier! Enough, I reasoned, might make a book worth reading.
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Where to find Jim Dreis online


Books

Peety and Poncho Visit the Desert
You set the price! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
Peety a talkative macaw and Poncho a sensible donkey meet in the desert and become the best of friends who travel the world. Come along and see the world through their eyes and share in their adventures.
The Traders
Series: The Traders, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 56,050. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Real Estate Exchangers, outlaws in the real estate community, live up to their reputation in Jim Dreis’s provocative book - “The Traders”
Trader Among the Flock
Series: The Traders, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 47,540. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
“Trader among the Flock” is a sequel to “The Traders,” wherein Ivan Schmidt, a disbarred attorney, has his real estate license revoked, then convinces a group of fellow real estate exchangers to open their meetings to non-licensed owners. Each member of the group has his own agenda for agreeing with Ivan, and some are motivated by a fear of what Ivan might do if they don’t go along with him.
The Traders Club
Series: The Traders, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 69,850. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Reading this book comes with a warning. Fits of laughter and somber moments of shaking your head are sure to occur, as the book is chock-full of characters and situations to keep the most discriminating reader amused. Imagine if you will: an immature, wealthy male chauvinist weasel; a paranoid schizophrenic who functions well when he’s on his medication but not when he’s not; and more....
Constitutional Ban on Divorce - An Adult Fairy Tale
You set the price! Words: 18,740. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The plan to ban divorce struck fear into the hearts of the conservative right. God forbid someone put the institution of marriage at risk, the institution with a 50% failure rate.

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