J. L. Humphrey has worked as a professional writer for more than 30 years, crafting marketing
campaigns, grant applications and newsletters for non-profit organizations, scripting stage
adaptations of prose works, penning newspaper opinion columns, and now writing novels.
Jim, as he is known to family and friends, is a child of the suburbs, having grown up in Montgomery
County, Maryland in the 1950s. He recalls being fascinated by the stories his mother read to him in
his childhood. But his true passion for language was sparked by the English and Latin classes he
took in grade school. He went on to study acting and directing in the theatre department at the
University of Maryland, leaving to co-found the New Playwrights' Theatre in Washington DC with
seven college friends. Jim also directed at The Round House Theatre, and served as Drama
Director for one year at his alma mater, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
For six seasons starting in 1985, Jim served as Artistic Director of the Wordstage Reader's Theatre
company in Arlington, Virginia. Among the more than 60 shows the company produced were
several scripts he penned, including adaptations of works by John Irving, Alice Hegan Rice, and Carl
Sandburg, and a sampling of Grimm's fairy tales selected from an early 1900s translation. Since
2004 he have been a frequent columnist for The Montgomery Sentinel newspaper, writing on local
government and land use issues.
Jim plans Holman Wood to be the first in a series of six to eight mystery novels in which central
character Jake Murphy is drawn into adventures by fate, curiosity, and his strong moral code. In this
first book, he introduces Jake and friends in the context of a story in which his efforts to protect the
forest near his home from development imperil his life.
The second novel in the series, The Purple Heart Mystery, was released in April 2014. In it, the
discovery of a misplaced military award in the barn on Holman Farm leads Jake on an adventure
that takes him from Germantown, Maryland to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and then face to face with
a deadly adversary, with his life partner Sean Fitzpatrick accompanying him on the adventure.
At present, Jim is hard at work writing the third book in the series, Incident at White's Ferry, which is
due to be released in 2015.
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J. L. Humphrey