The Inspired Mic rises again this month at Leroy’s 19th Hole at Cypress Knoll. Each month we bring fourteen presenters who deliver their creative talent in myriad mediums. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. This month, we’ve drawn a speaker from New Jersey! Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, The BeachHouse Beanery, and Leroy’s 19th Hole. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic.
Jim Farrell – The Inspired Mic Spotlight – March 2015
Jim Farrell moved to Florida in June of 2013. After he arrived here, he completed his first novel, Brooklyn Boy, a semi-autobiographical novel about a young boy growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Brooklyn and Long Beach, NY. When you read it, you will find yourself falling in love with the young Puertoricana, Anita Sanchez, the hero’s young girlfriend. One person who does not love Anita is the hero’s mother. The conflict between the boy and his mother creates compelling reading. Who will win in the end?
After publishing the novel, Jim published a second book, a collection of short stories, Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories. KMK is set in a variety of locations and illustrates the depth of the human spirit, the importance of laughter and the miracle of love. Bill Reynolds, columnist for the Providence Journal, recommended the book in one of his columns.
Jim just completed his second novel, The Extraordinary Banana Tree, about the fall of Saigon in 1975. Again it is semi-autobiographical. The author was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America. The main character, Billy Dobson, is Manager of Flight Operations for Air America. The reader will also fall in love with Cheryl Flynn, the heroine, and a beautiful, amazing woman. Jim seems to fall in love with all his heroines.
He is currently working on a second collection of short stories, The Committee and Other Stories. Anyone who has ever lived in a community with a HOA and the self-appointed enforcers of real and imagined HOA rules will love the title story. One story, It All Started One Saturday in Perth, is now one of the author’s favorites. If the author likes it, it must have a pretty heroine. It does, Sky Winters. She appears in two other stories in the collection.
Jim is a member of the Florida Writers’ Association. He has had a few local book signings. His books are available at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach and The Book Rack in Palm Coast. They are also available in the Flagler County Library in Palm Coast and the Volusia County Library, And, of course, on Amazon and B&N.