Crime fiction author, 9-11 survivor to speak at Friends of the Victoria Library meeting

Sonny Long

April 11, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2010 at 11:11 p.m.

Author James Hime will speak at the Friends of the Victoria Library annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hime, who survived being on the 66th floor of the World Trade Center, Tower 2, on Sept. 11, 2001, knows speaking at events like the one in Victoria are important.

"Every author builds an audience one reader at a time," he said. "I get to talk about my writing and maybe expand the reach of my books a bit. Plus, I went to high school in Kingsville and I love South Texas."

Hime also attended the University of Texas in Austin and the university's law school.

He currently works as the head of capital markets for The Lionstone Group, seeking out sources of capital for the company's investing activities.

Already in 2010 he has traveled to Bejing, China, and twice to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

His writing career took off after his wife suggested he enroll in a writing course at Rice University in 1998.

"As part of that course, we had to hand in homework each week - a seven page scene that was atmospheric, developed a character or achieved some other specific end," Hime explained. "Those scenes became the very early basis of my first mystery novel. I like to joke that I sold my homework."

His latest book, "Where Armadillos Go To Die," is the third in a series of Jeremiah Spur mysteries.

Spur, a former Texas Ranger in the books, is based on three people, Hime said.

"He has the physical appearance of a Texas state representative, E. L. Short, who I worked for when I was in law school," Hime said. "He often talks like a former law partner of mine named Perry Barber. But I have to confess, he got his heart from me. It's only on loan, though."

According to one review, "'Where Armadillos Go to Die' eloquently captures the voice and spirit of a small Texas town with troubles every bit as big as the whole state, making for some of the most engaging crime fiction on bookshelves today."

Hime will have a limited number of books available for sale at the meeting for cash or check only.



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