Pastor Jimmy Deas – Suwannee County Fiction and NonFiction Author. Recently I had the please of spending an hour with author Jimmy Deas. He volunteered to participant in my new podcast called, “Jolene’s Book and Writers Talk”. It is in it’s infancy and I am learning the trade but Jimmy was a real trooper and patient with the entire process. He has a very nice speaking voice and tells some great stories. I guess with all the practice being a pastor all these years and still filling in now that is ‘retired’ helps keep his skills up. If you get a a chance to listen to the entire interview please check it out on my YouTube Channel. If you prefer to just listen to the podcast we have uploaded the audio to SPOTIFY (as well as Apple, Amazon Music, IHeartRadio and Google Podcast – all linked on the Spotify page)
I grew up in North Florida. I graduated from Jennings High School (Jennings, FL) in 1965. And then I graduated from North Florida Junior College in 1968. I became a Southern Baptist pastor and served for 36 years until I retired in 2013. I have been married to Sherry for 52 years. During that time we have created two daughters who have had three of our grandchildren. Since then I have been working as an interim pastor and write a Facebook blog as well as a weekly column for the Lake City Reporter.
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A Teachers Gift and Other Stories – Jan 2019
Ran Like Joseph – Feb 2019
The Jonah Trait: A Fresh Look at an Intriguing Book – Aug 2019
Just a Dog and Other Stories – Nov 2019
Just Have Faith – Mar 2020
Prodigal Sons – Aug 2020
Mama Said: Stories of Life, Love, and Laughter – March 2022
Ripples: A Mark Thomas Novel – June 2022
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Most of my characters are based on people whom I was privileged to pastor. They were good people who blessed my life and I’m grateful that God allowed me the privilege to know them.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I try to be as accurate as possible with events, dates, places, etc. I research as much as possible before I begin writing but occasionally, the story takes a different turn than I had planned and I do additional research. My research sources include museums, the internet, and people who are knowledgeable about the subject. My latest novel, Just Have Faith, required specifics from people who had worked in law enforcement in 1971. I was able to interview three retired men who had worked in law enforcement at that time.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot?
My favorite bird, the male cardinal. I love the brilliant color and the way they protect the female, to the extent of feeding her during mating season.
Wanna join in on the fun?
For anyone who lives or works in the North Florida area and you have published a book or two why not get some free publicity? Check out our information page and send us your information for an interview with a short video. We will do the rest