Mike Yarbro


Born and raised in Mississippi Mike Yarbro worked in the construction equipment import export business most of his adult life and traveled throughout the world buying, selling, importing and exporting, heavy equipment and working with road building contractors on many World Bank projects in developing countries. After forming his company his travels took him to the far corners of the earth where he worked with customers in bridge building, road construction, and large dirt moving projects. Visiting foreign countries and viewing various economic conditions and cultures made him appreciate and love the United States even more. He has been married to Marilyn Sue Childs Yarbro since 1968. Before and after college he was an avid horseman involved in rodeo, breeding, raising and training quarter and thoroughbred horses. He played violin for two years in the Jackson Junior Symphony Orchestra before playing guitar, piano and harp in a rock and roll band during college.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Jackson, Mississippi. As a child and teenager I witnessed how many of the wealthiest and poorest people in the south lived. I learned that poor and rich alike have warm hearts and ambitions. Some of the most wonderful people I have ever met were poor. I also learned that although many people try hard to succeed not everyone becomes wealthy or successful. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is sometimes very minute. Southerners taught me that there are few places better in the world to live, and that warm and gracious people are all around us if we just look. People in other parts of the U.S.A. and the world would be shocked if they knew how beautiful Mississippi really is.
When did you first start writing?
In college at Mississippi State University in 1963, but I thought that a major in English was not for me. Rodeo, horses, women, beer, and music were more important at 19 years old.
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Children Alone
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,130. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
There is light in even the darkest of situations, as evidenced by the true story of young Edmund Buck Yarbro and his sister Alice Delilah. In 1880’s Tennessee, CHILDREN ALONE follows the gripping drama that engulfs a frontier family, leading to misery and despair—but ultimately to victory. After Edmund and Alice’s mother dies, their father remarries and all hell breaks loose.
Champion's Heart
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,400. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A compelling story of a starving young Texan who follows his championship dreams and winds up winning much more. In this gripping tale of self discovery, a rookie unexpectedly finds himself in a no-man's land, poor and alone, until two eccentric old men take him under their wing. The action, adventure, and emotion that ensue, due in part to a beautiful heiress, will keep you glued to the pages.
Mississippi Ponzi
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,470. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » White-collar crime, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Emotions
The true story of how a seventeen million dollar Ponzi scheme run by a church deacon and Sunday school teacher affected one of many elderly Mississippi families. After working for forty years and saving nickels and dimes, one family confesses their inner feelings of what is like to lose over one million dollars in their elder years and how only their faith got them through.

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