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My name is James Grea, but most people simply call me "Jimmy."
I was born on August 31st in Knoxville, Tennessee. Some say I was a creative kid because I was infamous for telling ghost stories to the kids in my neighborhood -- but I say I was full of bologna!
I really adore Horror and Fantasy, so naturally I get a rise out of writing about the supernatural. When I was much younger, my favorite books were the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series by Alvin Swartz. I am not ashamed to say that I own the collection of books, and I still read them all the time.
I began my journey into writing by crafting poetry, music & screenplays. I was one of those hopeful musicians until 2003 when I started working on my first novel, an adult supernatural thriller. I loved the story, but I just couldn't become moved by it. In the middle of the manuscript's composition, I felt a calling to middle grade/young adult fiction and decided to move to the genres. There, I found my home (and Solomon J. Inkwell, the mystical fountain pen).
My first YA/MG novels were "The Chronicles of Dead Anna." The first novel, "Haunting Thelma Thimblewhistle" debuts a set of six books that are planned for the series and the ever special Thelma Thimblewhistle. I love Thelma. Shes so cool. Annas cool, too . . . well, because shes, like, dead and everything.
Then, came Vickie! "Vickie Van Helsing," my latest yarn, is the story of a young woman named Vickie Jenkins who discovers that she is actually the decedent of none other than Abraham Van Helsing, which wouldn't be so challenging if Dracula wasn't taking over the town! Its kinda like Buffy meets Lara Croft -- really wicked!
"Haunting Thelma Thimblewhistle" & "Vickie Van Helsing" are just two of the many worlds from Solomon J. Inkwell, my best bud. I'll have to tell you the story about how I met him. It's a riot.
I’m an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Knoxville Writer’s Guild and am in process of locating a publishing house for my frightening friends. Happy Haunting!