Jim Meyer, author of “The Cooper Family Series”

#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.

Today’s featured author is Jim Meyer, author of The Cooper Family Series, a 7-book collection.

What’s your name and where are you from?

Jim Meyer

How long have you been writing? How did you start?

14 years

Who are some of your influences?

7-21 - Jim Meyer author photoMy mother who was an avid reader.

What is your book about?

About 1 family’s struggles, accomplishments from the end of the Civil War to the end of WW II.

Where did you get the idea?

If I could dream it, I could write it and I did.

How long did it take you to finish it?

6 years.

Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?

7-21 - Jim Meyer book coverA complete series of 7 books.

We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?

My maternal grandparents who lived in a small town in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

What’s your favorite scene in the book?

Each book has more than one. I like them all.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?

I wrote book 7 first and gave it to a friend to read. He said, “This isn’t a first, it’s a last book if you do a series, write the 1st,” so I did.

What’s the worst?

Being told that I needed to change my entire 1st book, glad I didn’t listen to them.

Where can we buy your book?

Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble upon request.

The boldness and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the people who settled the land beckons me to write historical fiction especially during the 19th and 20th century.
Published works include The Cooper Family Series: Shoshone Pass (Book 1); Separate Trails (Book 2); South Creek (Book 3) Double-Edged (Book 4); Legacy Trail (Book 5); Courage Trailv (Book 6); Sherando (Book 7).

Trouble in Spades, A Todd Morgan Novel is being updated but the original version is still available. Working on a Non-fiction Virginia History Book for my grandchildren.

Originally from Rochester, New York, I now call Florida, home. I served my country in the US Air Force for 34 years. I dabbled in owning a business and later went on to work for the Virginia Community College System at John Tyler Community College before retiring. I am the father of two children and grandfather to five. I like to travel out west to learn more about its rich history, people and folklore.