James Mikel Wilson, 2018 winner of the Author Academy Award in historical fiction, was born in Davenport, Iowa. His love for writing was inherited from a journalist father who insisted that his city kid work every summer as a youth on his uncle’s farm to appreciate rural America, the earth’s bounty, and how our nation was fed.
Jim has a BA from Monmouth College and a MBA from the University of Missouri. He served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Jim worked for forty-two years as a sales and marketing executive for Caterpillar Inc. and related companies. His responsibilities covered North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He now consults to the industry.
Jim published his first book Paw Tracks Here and Abroad: A Dog’s Tale in late 2014. Three years in the research and crafting, his second book Churchill and Roosevelt: The Big Sleepover at the White House was released in late 2015. In late 2018 he released "Mr. Froggy's Dilemma," which for several months was Amazon Books #1 out of 29 Hot New Releases in its genre.
His appreciation for geography, nature, history, humor, and adventure are incorporated into his works which have received numerous 5 Star reviews on Amazon Books.
He maintains on this site several blogs about Cuba, Alaska, the Revolutionary War, sculptor Lawrence Holofocener, and Dueling Fry Pans.
Jim frequently speaks to the Houston community about The Big Sleepover
At The White House's storyline and historical significance. He has presented to numerous organizations and colleges. Although he doesn't charge a fee, he invites donations to the Fallen Warriors Memorial, The National Churchill Museum, and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Big Sleepover has been converted to a stage play by a well known London playwright. The producer hopes to premier in 2019 in England.
Jim resides in Houston, Texas. He has been happily married to his lovely wife and inspiration for over fifty years. He has a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren living in Manhattan. Portions of the latter’s first names were merged to create Corabella Press, the name under which the Paw Tracks was published in 2014.