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, “Aliens.”
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