Born in Statesville, North Carolina, James (Jim) Garrison attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he nurtured his interest in creative writing, and Duke University Law School, where he was drafted into the U.S. Army after his first year. Arriving home from Vietnam on Christmas morning in 1970, he returned to Duke Law School the next month. After graduation, he set out on a first career practicing utilities law in a boutique law firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina. That practice soon led to a few bizarre civil and criminal cases that exposed him to characters from diverse backgrounds and professions and provided fodder for The Safecracker. Seeking a calmer and less stressful environment than criminal law and jury trials, he joined Texaco Inc.’s legal department in Atlanta as a corporate attorney. When that office closed, he moved to Texaco’s regional office in Houston, Texas—as a labor, benefits, and employment lawyer representing the company in various legal proceedings in Federal and state courts and agencies, as well as in labor arbitrations and other areas of legal strife. Not exactly calm and low-stress work. His last position at Texaco was Assistant General Counsel for regulatory matters with a Texaco/Shell/Saudi Aramco partnership for downstream operations in the U.S. Following a corporate merger in which he was paid to go away, he decided to stay home for the kids, one an artist living in Berlin, Germany, the other a lawyer in Delaware—just in case they called. That’s when he started working on his first novel, QL 4, set in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War and based on his experiences there as a military policeman. Published by TouchPoint Press in 2017, QL 4 hasreceived awards for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America and for literary and military fiction from the Independent Book Awards. QL 4 was a Distinguished Favorite in military fiction for the 2019 Independent Press Award and a finalist for the 2018 Montaigne Medal.His short stories and poems have appeared in online magazines and anthologies. His poem “Lost: On the Staten Island Ferry” was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart prize.
His wife, June, is a clarinetist and clarinet teacher, who would have preferred he not stay home for the kids. Apart from reading good literature and writing, Jim’s interests include travel, hiking in the mountains of North Carolina and Colorado, and good food, preferably with candlelight and a nice, reasonably priced wine.
Jim Garrison is a recovering lawyer who lives and writes in Houston, Texas.
Author Website: https://jamesdgarrison.wordpress.com/
Books by James Garrison