I've been a rebellious, "misbehaving" individualist since childhood. It carries over to my writing which is dosed with irreverent characters caught up in mischief and troublemaking. Although I graduated from both Harvard and Berkeley and excelled in writing, it took many years for me to escape or maybe transcend dry and rigorous rationalism. 


For me this was actually a return to my individualist roots and the influences of both a mom and great uncle who were artists, terrific story-tellers and tricksters. My great uncle, Sky Carpenter, an accomplished Western artist, was notorious for hiding critters in the shadows of decaying barns and the hollowed-out crannies of rotting snags.  


I found my own writing version of this in my mid 30's under the added influences of Kurt Vonnegut, John Fowles and Henry Miller. If people see a strong influence of nature and animals in my writing, it reflects years as a professional ecologist in the Pacific Northwest. I spent much time analyzing and preventing the disturbance of terrestrial habitat, estuaries and wild rivers.


This eye for disturbance and tipping points carries over to my sensitivity to human relationships, characters, family and communities stressed to the point of revolt and rebellion. Almost all of my stories involve characters confronted by defining dilemmas, and this is particularly true of SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017).


Jim Curry

Award-winning Author of

     SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017)
     IN DIRE STRAITS (Savant 2011)