About the Author

Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D. is a mensch, poet, polymath, and writer.

Military Brat

Jim 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 from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in English and military science.

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United States Army Officer

Following university, Jimmie received a commission as a second lieutenant, Infantry 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. On active duty he served as an infantry rifle platoon leader, weapons platoon leader (81 mm mortars and T.O.W. missiles), battalion maintenance officer, and ordnance detachment commander.  After two years of active duty, his military branch changed from Infantry to Ordnance Corps. He is honorably discharged as a Captain, Ordnance Corps.

Religious Educator

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 minister of Christian education, Christian school principal, and associate pastor for sixteen years before transitioning to the computer science field. He also completed a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration.

Information Technology Pro

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 systems administrator and application support engineer specializing in Salesforce and data integrity (market analytics and business intellengence) for a Fortune 500 privately held company before transitioning to writing fulltime.

Author & Poet

Jimmie sold his first magazine article over 45 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 Prayers for the Chronically Ill, Caregiving: Biblical Insights Frmn a Caregiver’s Journey. His novels include Miss Sarah’s Secret, The Rebuilder, the short story collection Charlie’s Bells, and Gone Electric: A Poetry Collection. He also writes literary fiction under a super secret penname. All are available on Amazon and all major online booksellers.

He Has Lived in Eleven States

Born in Texas, Jimmie has lived in Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, New Hampshire, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, Washington, and Texas. He lives in 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.


9 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Thanks for your information about how to change the default font in Scrivener! This has been annoying me for the last four years that I’ve used the program (which I love.)

  2. Jimmie, thanks for the comment on my BRMCWC post. It would be great to connect with you further. Brad Bloom, Publisher, Faith & Fitness Magazine

  3. Hi Jimmie,
    Did not know you had become a writer! I enjoyed the piece about Buna’s “Poka-dot House”. When traveling through the town, I would always look for that house! Hope you and your family are well.
    Sally Robinson Montague

  4. Thank you Jim for subscribing to my blog. I have signed up to ‘follow’ yours. Let us encourage each other in our passion for writing and poetry. All good wishes, Eric

  5. Amidst the awesome literary pieces on your blog, I find this one the most inspiring. It somehow gives me hope that although I’m not a polymath, I too can be successful at writing like you are! Thanks..

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