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. We have three teenagers stepping up to the mic from Flagler Palm Coast High School this month! 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 – April 2015
Jim Farrell is still promoting his first novel, Brooklyn Boy, and his collection of short stories, Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories, but he is not ignoring new creations while he promotes the old. He has finished his second novel, The Extraordinary Banana Tree, and is working on the final draft before going to a publisher. He introduced the book and the heroine, Cheryl Flynn, to the world at the March Inspired Mic at Leroy’s 19th Hole. Cheryl Flynn was aboard the C5A that left Saigon on April 4,1975 as a chaperone for a group of Vietnamese-American orphans being airlifted to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. The plane, and this is actual history, crashed thirteen miles southeast of Saigon. The novel moves back in time to follow the career of Billy Dobson, who was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America on April 4,1975. The reader does not re-arrive at April 4,1975, until Chapter Twenty-Eight and, even though Cheryl reappears in Chapter Five and is prominent throughout the novel, the reader does not know if Cheryl survives the crash until we reach Chapter 28. Don’t ask Jim. He won’t tell.
Jim Farrell was Manager of Flight Operations for Air America in Saigon, so the story, and it is fiction, is based on many actual experiences he had in South Vietnam and other locales in Southeast Asia. Although the novel tells the story of the fall of Saigon and of the events leading up to it, it is not a war story. It is a love story set in a time of war. I think the reader will love the relationship that develops between Cheryl Flynn and Billy Dobson that starts when they meet on the beach in Nha Trang, a piece of Heaven on Earth, in April, 1973.
Jim falls in love with all his heroines: Cheryl Flynn in the Extraordinary Banana Tree, Anita Sanchez in Brooklyn Boy, Sandy Roberts in the “Mark and Sandy” stories (eight) in Kiss Me, Kate.
Jim is currently working on a new collection of short stories, tentatively called The Committee and Other Stories. The title story is about Homeowners Association self-appointed enforcers. Anyone who has lived with a HOA Agreement has met these busybodies. Other stories deal with the teenage trauma of moving just before beginning high school (Rebecca), high school problems (Fight on a School Bus), the at times unbelievable self-absorption of the elderly (Where’s My Car?), Internet sex solicitation (Adriana), and three stories about a US Army Captain who takes R&R in Perth, Western Australian, and meets the love of his life. (It All Started One Saturday in Perth; Marcus and the Schoolyard Fight; The Rhode Island Visit.) The exotic heroine of these final three stories, Sky Winters, is trying to crack the trinity of Cheryl, Anita and Sandy.
Jim’s first two books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, paperback or Kindle/Nook, and at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach. Brooklyn Boy is even available in a hard cover edition from Amazon for those who want the very best.