Jimmie Aaron Kepler grew up in a career military family. In his youth, he worked in a grocery store, warehouse, a folk-rock band as a rhythm guitar player, 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.
United States Army Officer
Following university, Jimmie was commissioned an officer in the United States Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was selected for active duty serving three years. He then served five years in the United States Army Reserves. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course, Airborne School, Platoon Leader Maintenance Management Course, and The Army Maintenance Management Course. He is honorably discharged as a Captain, Ordnance Corps.
Following US Army active duty, he went to graduate school completing Master of Religious Education and Master of Arts degrees. During graduate school, he worked as a custodian, painter, educator, and as a route auditor for a soft drink distributor.
He worked as a director of Christian education and Christian school principal for sixteen years before transitioning to the computer science field. He also completed a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration.
Information Technology Professional
Jimmie went back to college studying computer science in the 1990s. He completed the core curriculum for a computer science degree as well as earned induction in for Phi Theta Kappa for his academic excellence. Jimmie was an information technology application support engineer specializing in Salesforce and data integrity for a Fortune 500 privately held company before transitioning to writing fulltime.
Author & Poet
Jimmie sold his first magazine article over 35 years ago. He has sold nonfiction, inspirational, how-to magazine articles including getting three covers and short stories in the science fiction and horror genre. He is the author of the nonfiction book Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill. His novels include Miss Sarah’s Secret, The Rebuilder, the short story collection Charlie’s Bells, and Gone Electric: A Poetry Collection. All are available on Amazon and all major online booksellers.
Born in Texas, Jimmie has lived in Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, New Hampshire, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, Washington, and Texas. He lives in the suburban Dallas, Texas, USA. He enjoys reading military history, science fiction, poetry, and listening to podcasts while walking daily. He is a widower. His bride of 43 years died of Melanoma cancer in April 2018. He has three grown children, one granddaughter, and a cat.