About Jim Bates Author

Jim has always wanted to be a writer. He wrote his first story when he was in the 4th grade but thought it was boring so he threw it away. Flash forward fifty plus years to 2011. By then he’d been married and had children and grand children. He’d had a long career in sales and technical training for a large manufacturing company. He’d even owned a small business. But, while helping to care for the last days of a loved one, he realized that life was passing him by and he’d better get going if he wanted to fulfill his dream. The next day he started writing and hasn’t stopped since.

He began by writing a poem a day for a year. Then a haiku a day for a year. Then a four line stanza a day for a year. Then a six-line rhymed verse a day for a year.

In 2015 he started writing short stories. He took an online writing class and met a successful author who became his mentor. She suggested he write the best possible stories he could and post them on a blog. He followed her advice and continued working and honing his craft.

He began submitting stories in early 2018 and in March his first short story was featured on CafeLit. He was off and running. Since then nearly 250 stories have appeared in on-line publications such as CafeLit and Spillwords, where he was voted Author of the Month for December, 2019, and in print anthologies, such as the Best of CafeLit 8 and Nativity through Bridgehouse Publishing, and the Gleam, Portal and Glamour anthology’s through Clarendon House Publishing.

He also reads his stories for broadcast on Talking Stories Radio.

Resilience, a collection of twenty-seven short stories was published through Bridge House Publishing in February of 2021.

Periodic Stories, a collection of thirty-one stories was published in March of 2021 by Impspired.

Both collections are available on Amazon.

Short Stuff, a collection of flash fiction and drabbles, is scheduled to be published in 2021 through Chapeltown Books as is “Something Bettter” a dystopian novella scheduled to be published in 2021 by Paper Djinn Press.

He continues to write every day from his home in the small town of Long Lake, Minnesota and prefers to be published as Jim Bates. He is happy. He has achieved his dream.

Complete list of publications:

His stories and poems have appeared online in CafeLit, The Writers’ Cafe Magazine, Cabinet of Heed, Paragraph Planet, Nailpolish Stories, Ariel Chart, Potato Soup Journal, Literary Yard, Spillwords (Dec, 2019, Author of the Month),The Drabble, The Academy of the Heart and Mind, World of Myth Magazine, The Horror Tree, The Terror House, Fox Hollow Stories and Bindweed Press. In print publications: A Million Ways, Mused Literary Journal, Gleam Flash Fiction Anthology #2, the Portal Anthology and the Glamour Anthology by Clarendon House Publishing, The Best of CafeLit 8 by Chapeltown Publishing, the Nativity Anthology by Bridge House Publishing, Forgotten One’s Drabble Anthology by Eerie River Publishing, Gold Dust Magazine, Down In the Dirt Magazine and the Oceans Anthology and the 20/20  Anthology by Black Hare Press. He was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize by The Zodiac Review for his flash fiction story, β€œAliens.”

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Logo by Priti J – Jim Bates Author


I’m thrilled to share this logo with you, designed by my friend Priti J. She’s an incredibly talented designer and writer and I plan to have her design the cover of my collection of Flash Fiction stories, release date scheduled for the first half of 2021.

My first ever logo!! Kind of reminds me of the sixties πŸ™‚

“Periodic Stories” Review – Nancy Lou Henderson


What a wonderful review by Nancy!! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

Who has the unique imagination required to take names of elements from the Periodic Table, then mention them in brilliant ways in wonderful short stories? The answer is Jim Bates.
Jim Bates has a beautiful gift of writing stories that pull you in using all of your senses. You will feel as if you are watching a movie while reading. Sometimes you will cry, laugh, or smile, as you feel a familiar connection to the stories from moments in your own life.

Resilience Review – Nancy Lou Henderson


I just wanted to share this wonder review by my friend Nancy. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

Resilience, the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Jim Bates demonstrates resilience and heartfelt emotions in all of his writing, whether it be short stories or poetry. His compassion and understanding of all things will have you using every sense as you read his stories.
As you are mesmerized by each of these stories, be prepared to laugh, smile and cry. These stories may be written as Fiction, but are so realistic that they will touch your heart bringing back similar memories to your mind.

Periodic Stories Reveiw – Sharon Frame Gay


What a wonderful way to start the day. Many thanks to Sharon for this amazing review πŸ™‚

I absolutely loved this book. Jim Bates brilliantly used the first thirty-one elements of the periodic table, writing a story for each element. As in his previous book, “Resilience”, Jim often reflects on coming-of-age stories, usually set in a small town. He has the remarkable ability to take the reader into the mind of a young boy, bringing back that innocence and sheer energy that kids have as they explore the world around them. Some of the stories have sad circumstances, but the author weaves some goodness into every character, and more likely than not, you can count on the story having a happy ending. Reading this book, I reflect on my own childhood and the sweetness of a summer’s day, a parade in a small town in the autumn, fireworks and fireflies…all the “elements” that make up our culture and history. Particular favorites of mine were “Calcium”: a young boy accompanies his grandfather on his milk delivery route and learns far more than he bargained for. “Cobalt”: The pandemic opens up new experiences with a young father and his child as they experience precious time together. Boron: the bittersweet experience a young man has in his final encounter with his father on the 4th of July. So many of these wonderful stories, seen through the eyes of a child growing up, touches the soul with its honesty, freshness, and above all, hope. This book is a must-have!

Resilience Review – Kathy Sharp


Many thanks to Kathy Sharp my mentor and the person who was responsible for giving me the confidence to not only begin writing, but to continue writing, back in 2015. This is a fabulous review. Thank you so so much!!

Jim Bates is a writer with a great skill for using the details of everyday life to demonstrate deep truths. His stories cover inter-generational relationships, marriage, parenthood, minor and major tragedies – all seen through the prism of familiar everyday things. It’s an effective and moving approach. I’ve rarely seen a better short story than, for instance, The Inn on the Lake. Highly recommended.

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