Jim McMillen’s lead characters portray everyday people who must fight for survival after accidentally falling into situations beyond their control. His page-turning suspense-thriller novels are written to keep readers highly involved.
A native of Oklahoma, Jim McMillen was raised in West Texas, moving there with his parents during the latter years of the Great Depression. He was an oil patch roustabout during high school summer breaks. He entered The University of Texas, Austin, and married Delorise Mullins after his sophomore year.
McMillen left college and began a 41-year newspaper career, starting as an advertising sales representative, advancing to become a publisher in 1974. He headed Freedom Communications daily newspapers in Florida and Indiana and was a limited partner in six of the company’s newspapers. Upon retirement, he and Delorise moved back to Florida in 2000.
Among numerous church, civic and professional positions, McMillen is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and was president of the Hoosier State Press Association.
He and Delorise have three children and three grandchildren.
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