MCKIMMEY was born in Holdrege, Nebraska, in 1923. He grew up in
Red Cloud and Omaha. After graduation from Omaha Central High
School, he started the study of architecture at the University
of Nebraska. World War II interrupted that effort. Following 37
months in the U.S. Army, including 18 month's European overseas
duty with the 102nd Infantry Division, he exchanged architecture
for writing, married Marty from Indiana, and graduated from the
University of San Francisco with a BS in English. It was at USF
where he sold his first short story to a “little magazine”
called the American Pen. Holding a variety of jobs, he sold stories
to magazines ranging from the pulps to the slicks, started to
write full time in 1955 and eventually wrote 17 books. He moved
to Lake Tahoe in 1961, became a widower in 1994 and married Starr
E. McKimmey, also a writer, which happily transformed him into
an instant father and grandfather to Starr’s family.
Read at interview with James McKimmey here.