Jim Slusher


James C. Slusher, author of "Leviathan's Scales," available on Smashwords, amazon.com and all major ebook sales websites, is an award-winning newspaper writer and editor with more than 35 years experience throughout the Midwest and California. As Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion at the Daily Herald, the third largest daily newspaper in Illinois, he oversees the development of the editorial page and helps define the editorial voice at a 130,000-circulation daily newspaper serving the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Slusher works closely with other newsroom managers to establish and monitor policies of the news operation, and he writes a weekly column to give readers insights into the decision-making processes of the Daily Herald newsroom.

He also is an accomplished writer in his own right. His first novel, Leviathan’s Scales, was published as an ebook in July 2013 by Dailey Swan Publishers with print publication scheduled for April 2014. He is a contributing writer to the ebook Telling the Truth and Nothing But, published in 2013 by the American Copy Editors Society. He also has produced a novella and numerous essays and short stories and is currently at work on his second novel, with the working title, The Glory of God: A Portrait of My Father in His Year of Trouble. A former high school English teacher, he now teaches a recurring class in “Writing Autobiographical Stories” at William Rainey Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. His weekly column “Letter to Readers” has appeared on the Daily Herald editorial page for more than 11 years.

Prior to assuming his current duties at the Daily Herald, Slusher worked for seven years supervising a team of senior reporters that developed investigative projects, cultural issues stories, coverage of major breaking news and enterprise stories on virtually all topics. And prior to that, he produced and supervised programs promoting an atmosphere of learning at all levels in the Daily Herald’s 290-person newsroom. He has led workshops on journalism and newsroom leadership for various regional and national organizations, including the Inland Press Association, the National Federation of Press Women, and the American Copy Editors Society.

He joined the Daily Herald in 1989 as news editor. In that role, he managed the staff responsible for designing pages, writing headlines and editing copy for all aspects of the paper. In 1992, he became associate editor, expanding his oversight of production issues and increasing his role in newsroom operations. He assumed his present position in 2010.

A 1974 graduate of Western Illinois University, Slusher also has taught high school for two years in the mid-’70s, served as news director of a small Iowa radio station and has worked in all newsroom capacities at newspapers in northwestern Illinois, Michigan and California. He and his wife Patty make their home in Mount Prospect, Illinois, where they raised their three sons

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural town in central Illinois, and I spent considerable time in the northwestern region of Illinois where much of "Leviathan's Scales" is set. My small-town upbringing and my affection for small town people and living plays a huge part in the way I tried to describe the characters and the rural scenes in the book.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing as a professional journalist for newspapers large and small for more than 35 years. I've written poetry and fiction short stories since high school. "Leviathan's Scales" is my first attempt at publishing fiction.
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Leviathan's Scales
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 116,170. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Leviathan's Scales is the story of an executive on the move at one of the world’s largest business conglomerates -- until he becomes an unwitting pawn in a power struggle at the top. Banished to a backwater town in northwest Illinois and threatened with the loss of everything he holds dear, Joe Langston finds peculiar friendships and enduring love are more than sufficient to overcome injustice.

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business    drama    family    illinois    romance    san francisco    small town