Reading, poetry and writing are Jimmie’s passions. He grew up in a career United States Air Force family. In his youth, he worked in a grocery store, warehouse, folk-rock band as a rhythm guitar player, beer vendor at a major league baseball stadium, and for a milk distributor. He graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in English and military science.
He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army on active duty for three years and then five years in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne School. He is honorably discharged as a Captain, United States Army Reserves. Coming off active duty he went to graduate school full-time completing a Master of Arts degree. During graduate school, he worked as a custodian, day laborer, painter, preschool teacher, and as a route auditor for a soft drink distributor. For 16 years, he worked as a director of education and private school principal.
He has been freelance writing over 30 years selling his first article in 1981. He has sold dozens of magazine and trade journal articles including getting three cover articles. He also had over a dozen poems published. He regularly reviews books in the military history genre for several publishers.
He’s writing a historical fiction novel, “Honor and Jealousy in Texas” and a member of the DFW Writer’s Workshop and Frisco Writer’s Group (Writing Practice Wednesdays). In the mid 1990s, he went back to college studying computer science. While born in Texas, he has lived in Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, Washington, and Texas. He has three grown children and one grandchild. His blog Kepler’s Military History Book Reviews is ranked a top 100 blog for history buffs by Onlineschools.org. He supports his reading, poetry and writing habit working as a support engineer for a Fortune 500 privately held company. He is a CompTIA A+, i-Net+, and Network+ Certified Computer Technician.