Interview with Jim Hair
Author of The Evolution Of Spring
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
Born in Kilgore Texas. Lived my early years in LaMarque south east Texas, near Galveston and now live in Cheyenne, Wyoming
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
After high school I attended college in Beaumont, Texas. I joined the Navy after college and went to California then to Oahu, Hawaii. Continued studies at the University of Hawaii In Physics. Got out of the Navy after four years.
I then came back to Houston, Texas, to Texas Instruments where I designed electronics for the military. I studied and taught at the University of Houston and then at Brazosport college in Lake Jackson, Texas where I also designed pacemakers. I then went to Miami, Florida where I designed medical laboratory equipment. I then was recruited to work at NASA in Mountain View, California. Got married and moved across the bay to San Ramon, CA. I contracted cancer and the family all decided to move to a less stressful place which is Cheyenne, Wyoming.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
Several years ago, I got a divorce and got sick again and couldn’t do heavy work. I own a high-tech lab and machine shop. I had several story ideas and I put them down in my computer. Several friends said I should publish them so, after many rejection letters, someone suggested self-publishing. The first attempt didn’t go so well, but then I found GoToPublish and history is yet to be made.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
I would say if they are looking for a different kind of Sci-Fi experience then this one is it. It’s not as violent as say Marvel or DC and tries to answer the question ‘how does a benevolent alien think.’
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
Obviously Sci-Fi fans. Young people who like a coming-of-age stories. Anyone who likes stories about aliens. Anyone who likes a good read and that will challenge their thinking.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
As I began to delve into the thinking of the benevolent aliens, I studied all the major religions and found one common theme. It’s a theme that is not taught by the orthodox preachers, priests, and religious leaders. It’s almost as if the religious leaders don’t want their followers to know this simple knowledge.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
Probably to take more English classes.
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
As many as possible.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
Getting people to take notice and to have them understand what is being said in the books.
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
When do you think you will write your next book?
The next two are already written a third is outlined and has some chapters. I’m just waiting for money to come in from this first book so as to get the others published.
Are you self published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
Self-published through GoToPublish.
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