Chance Johnmeyer is a prison officer with a colorful past—in that he's worked an interesting combination of jobs. A United States Air Force veteran, he has also been employed as a carpenter, factory worker, and commercial flower grower. He's also studied theology and traveled the world, including Japan, Korea,Argentina, and England. He has taken his 48 years of varied life experience, which includes 22 years of marriage, and combined it in his first book, Unlocked: Keys to Getting Out & Staying Out. He currently lives in Milton, Florida, with his family.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been involved in the lives of incarcerated men for fourteen years. I develope relationships with these men over time because I see them everyday. It's much easier over along period of time to try and understand these men, their lives, their pain. I have challenged their paths, questioned their thinking, and seen the results over time. Their thought patterns change, their work habits become more focused. They begin to settle down in their minds, and walk out their path differently. I believed that I could somehow share some of these lessons in my book "Unlocked" Keys to Getting Out & Staying Out and steer other men away from the prison gate toward a more free life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was of a rare red tail hawk protecting her young from an evil poacher. I wrote this very short story to woo this beautiful woman who became my wife 22 years ago. After climbing high amongst the cliffs to try and get to the nest of the red tail hawk, the evil poacher falls a great distance, has an epiphany about the important things in life "Family" and goes home to his, that is the short version of the story.
Written by veteran prison officer Chance Johnmeyer of New Hampshire and Florida with contributions from several former inmates, Unlocked: Keys to Getting Out & Staying Out is an honest guide for those re-entering society.