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