Call me Jim, James, or Giacomo. In French class it was Jacques. Boundless curiosity powers my writing. Honing literary skills is demanding, bittersweet, and triumphant. A beginner’s mind is essential. Each day, I seek moments of timeless, selfless flow where emotion, sensation, and reason confabulate to satisfying scenes and characters. Empathy, intense observation, and unfiltered word painting can do this. Writing is a craft you can do anywhere, anytime.
Life experiences provide enormous material for writing. Blue collar jobs paid for my education. I know what it is like to happily work in grimy factories, machine shops, a lumber yard, a moving company, manage a hardware store, operate heavy equipment, and terraform a new golf course.
During college, I worked the graveyard shift as Psychiatric Nurse LPN in charge of a men’s maximum-security ward. By day, I majored in psychology, with keen interests in classical literature, physics, and philosophy at Holy Cross College. My professional interests in therapeutic practice, human potential, organizational effectiveness, and entrepreneurship accelerated by advanced graduate studies in clinical psychology, and an MBA in marketing and organizational behavior from Babson College.
My career spanned leadership roles in social work, human resources, executive search, strategy management, executive education, angel investing and corporate governance. My non-fiction articles appeared in professional journals, and trade press. My book, PowerSkills, is regarded as the seminal book on relationship capital management. This led to hundreds of global speaking engagements, keynotes, seminars, consulting engagements, and media appearances. My novel Beyond Beauport, features a strong female protagonist on a quest for her seafaring ancestry. Cross-genre works with action, adventure, humor and satire make for fun weaving and reading.
Lately I’m working on lyrics for songs and collect vintage guitars. My creative wife Judi became Prop master for community theaters after a long career in graphics design.