I began penning stories at a young age. My first recollection of putting words on paper to tell a story was when I was in first grade. It was the beginning of a love affair with the written word. By the time I was a senior in high school I was writing a weekly column for a local newspaper.
Throughout college, I wrote, not for pleasure, but for a grade. Actually, not for a grade. I didn’t care about grades. I cared only for the knowledge I was able to squeeze out of the system. I was a philosophy major, and out of necessity I practiced the pleasurable skill of putting words on paper in such a fashion that others might be able to follow the thoughts of a person (me) who thinks more outside the box than in. Working in a 911 center, I was able to continue the practice. I filled notebooks with my writings. Then, I destroyed the notebooks. What I wrote there was for me, not for others. It was a cleansing ritual that helped me immensely.
I self-published my first book in the summer of 2015. Passing Thoughts of A Wandering Fool came about because I needed something to do, and, with me, something to do usually means learning something new. Or, getting into trouble. I prefer learning over trouble.
I’m an avid reader of subjects of all sorts. Basically, if it’s in print, I’ll probably read it. Since I enjoy reading, I thought I might enjoy putting my own publication out there to share with others. I had been reading digital works for many years, and it was only natural I attempt to publish on that platform first. Thus, was born a short book of thoughts, and ideas that had been gathering dust.
After Passing Thoughts came the first book in the Big Dog and Blondie Series, Dead Man’s Bounty. Close on its heels came another book of fiction, book number two in the series, Escape From Terlingua. From there, it’s been all uphill. Stories began piling up around the house, so I took it upon myself to start this blog, and continue to churn out short stories and books of much longer length, both fiction and non-fiction.
To date, I have several stories published under the name J.R. Wheeless and even a book of short stories under the name Teena Underwood (Too Young To Die). There’s more where those came from, so watch for new releases.
Currently, you can find all the books by J.R. Wheeless on Amazon. If you’re so inclined, browse over to the Books By J.R. Wheeless page on Amazon to see what is available. You might find something that interests you. If not today, maybe in a month or two.
There’s always something new in the works, so be on the lookout for new books as they come out. Also, be alert to price reductions throughout the year. If you visit my author FaceBook page occasionally, you may find interesting facts about future stories. Of course, you can always visit the Wandering Fool FaceBook page. No telling what you might find there.
A Few Of My Stories
I wrote a story that features a Texas singer/songwriter by the name of Kayla Ray. The words of her songs speak of life, love, and heartache. Many people have asked me why I wrote the story, and how I came up with the words. I thought it was a story that needed to be told, one that others might like to hear. You can read those words here.
This is a story about a nightmare of a night in the life of a dispatcher. It is a partially true story that allows the reader inside the head of a dispatcher as she survives, to date, the worst night of her career.
This is a story about a new FBI agent who stops in Wyoming to visit an old flame, and look up an uncle. After her uncle is assaulted, and robbed our heroine is caught up in attempting to apprehend the culprits. Along the way, she learns about aspects of her life that she never knew. It becomes a race against time in stopping the criminals before they strike again.