Jimmy currently lives in Coralville, Iowa with his wife, two children, as well as a large dog and a special cat. In addition to writing he loves to read, listen to music and watch sporting events. He is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. He currently works as a Paraeducator. He has also enjoyed working as a sportswriter and features writer.
He has previously had a short story published as well as children's poetry. This is his first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have often wondered what I would do if I could somehow go back in time to when I was a boy again. I think some of these thoughts came to me after my mother and father passed away and I still really miss them in my life. My mother went suddenly and it i one of those things that you just can't prepare for. I was very close to both my mom and dad. I guess I just wanted one more chance to hug them, tell them I loved them and see them again. I am a dreamer, very close to my four sisters and had a wonderful family upbringing. I had good friends that are still my best friends today. I love being a husband and father. I feel very lucky, but sometimes I just wish I could go back to being a care-free boy again!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have unusual taste in reading. I tend to read offbeat books and I like the works of some famous authors that features genres that force them out of the box. For example; Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, is one of my all-time favorites although I don't really enjoy his science fiction. I liked John Grisham's Skipping Christmas and Playing for Pizza, but I really don't read a lot of his bread and butter legal thrillers. My all-time favorite author is W.P. Kinsella. I have read every book the man has written. I fell in love with Shoeless Joe and saw him read from the book before it became a movie. I also love his Native American books for their humor and biting viewpoint. He's a dreamer, loves baseball and tells great stories. I tend to like escapism when I write. I get enough daily realism. When I read and write I want magic!
What would you do if you had the chance to go back and be 10 years old again? What if you had no control over it and it just happened? Would you be joyfully blissful once again or scared, maybe a combination of both? Would you change things if you could? Who would you most want to see? What memories would you embrace the most?
This is what happens to our main character. Come along for the ride!