Jimmie Aaron Kepler
Jimmie Aaron Kepler, a Christian non-fiction, fiction, award-winning short story writer, poet and world traveler, lives a diverse and accomplished life.
Growing up in a career military family, Jim had a variety of jobs in his youth, including working 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 went on to graduate from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in English and military science.
United States Army Officer
After graduation, Jim received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and selected for active duty. He graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course, Airborne School, Platoon Leader Maintenance Management Course, The Army Maintenance Management Course, and the Aircraft Loading Course. After year two of active duty, his military branch changed from Infantry to Ordnance Corps where he continued serving for another year before heading to graduate school full-time.
On active duty Jim served as an infantry rifle platoon leader, weapons platoon leader, Infantry battalion maintenance officer, ordnance maintenance platoon leader, and an ordnance maintenance control officer.
He received an honorable discharge as a Captain, Ordnance Corps, United States Army Reserves.
After his military service, Jim went to graduate school and seminary where he completed a Master of Religious Education and Master of Arts degrees. 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
Jim went back to college, studying computer science and completing the core curriculum for a computer science degree and earned induction in for Phi Theta Kappa for his academic excellence. He worked as an information technology systems administrator and application support engineer specializing in Salesforce and business intelligence and market analytics before transitioning to writing full time.
Author & Poet
Jim has been a writer for over 45 years and 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: 60 Prayers, Caregiving: Biblical Insights From a Caregiver’s Journey. His novels include Miss Sarah’s Secret, The Rebuilder, and Charlie’s Bells, and a portly collection, Gone Electric. He also writes literary fiction under a pen name. His books are available on Amazon, Apple Book, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, and major online booksellers and libraries worldwide.
He Has Lived in Eleven States
Born in Texas, Jim has lived in various states including Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona, New Hampshire, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, Washington, and Texas. Currently, he resides in suburban Dallas. He has a passion for travel, reading military history, science fiction and fantasy, poetry, and listening to podcasts while walking. He is a widower. He has three grown children, one granddaughter, and a cat.