Jerry Harris was adopted as an infant and grew up on a farm in Yazoo Country, Mississippi. His early life was filled with working with horses and cattle, fishing, and hunting. After acquiring a passionate taste for Hemingway, Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and John Dos Passos Jerry Harris moved to the Mississippi Delta to pursue his appetite for writing. Following high school Jerry Harris finished his college career at Millsaps College where he obtained a Bachelor's of English degree. Jerry was privileged to participate in creative writing classes under the tutelage of Eudora Welty, the Writer in Residence at Millsaps. At Millsaps, Jerry Harris would receive recognition from the Southern Literary Festival for his short stories.
Jerry Harris completed law school at Ole Miss. Upon his graduation, Jerry Harris relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 1969. He became a trial attorney in the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in Memphis in 1974. His specialty was Homicide cases. He was head of the Major Violators Unit, Chief Homicide Prosecutor, and Legal Advisor to the Homicide Squad of the Memphis Police Department. As advisor to the Homicide Squad for 30 years, Jerry worked with detectives and other policeman on an almost daily basis. Many of Jerry’s trials were broadcast on Court TV.
Jerry retired in 2004 and moved to Tucson in 2007. Jerry Harris has two grown and accomplished children. Paige, his oldest daughter, lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia and teaches school. She is also a riding instructor and horse trainer. She uses many of the lessons Jerry had taught her when she showed horses in her youth that Jerry Had trained for her. His youngest daughter, Alexis is a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar who received her Doctorate in Psychology from Penn State University and is on the faculty of the University of Virginia. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she is in charge of a research project for the University of Virginia.
Jerry’s first novel in his Arizona Cowboy series, Lim Couch covers Lim’s early life on a ranch near Sonoita. Continuing his Arizona Cowboy Series, Jerry Harris’ new novel The High Meadow Ranch chronicles Lim and his wife, Sheila Ann’s reaction to an early crisis of marriage. Jerry Harris’ writing focuses on the life of a young cowboy in modern day times.
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Lim Couch - Arizona Cowboy
by Jerry Harris
Published: January 15, 2015
Horses become a vital part of Lim’s life and they help shape his attitude toward the land and his goals for the future. Ride along with Lim for the next twenty years of his life and witness his evolution as a horseman and cowboy. Meet the people who influence his life and teach him the value of a good mentor, a good friend, a good horse, a sip of good whiskey, and a good woman.
A Broken Circle
by Jerry Harris
Dr. Vera Chaney's husband, Elton, was one of the last soldiers killed in Iraq. She is left to manage the family farm in Yazoo County, Mississippi. As a young, black doctor in a rural county, her life is demanding and stressful. And now she is alone. Her children, Ann, 7, and Roscoe, 5, react differently to their father's death. Ann shows strength. Roscoe retreats into a world Vera can't penetrate
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