James R. Benn is best known for his Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series. He found writing this mystery series brought him an immense amount of joy, enabling him to meet people from all over the country (and the world), listening to their reactions, feedback, and most importantly, their own stories.
Having grown up in CT, Jim attended the University of Connecticut and received his Master of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and the Author's Guild. He has worked in the library and information technology fields for over thirty-five years and quit the day job routine in 2011 to write full-time.
Jim says that he learned two valuable lessons since he started writing which have helped him greatly. 1) Mary Heaton Vorse said "The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one's pants to a chair." 2) Novelist Rachel Basch told him "the story has to move down, as well as forward." Both sound simple. Neither is.