Galveston Island Authors
At The Bosslight Bookstore in Nacogdoches,TX
at 6:30pm-8:30 on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
It took them over 70 years, but they finally made it to Galveston, TX and are now at home on Offats Bayou. Authors Joy Jones and Jim Nelson certainly could qualify as ‘late bloomers’ in the literary world because their extensive careers in education
and engineering fashioned their professional lives until 2015.
Joy taught in public schools for over thirty years in Texas and New Mexico. Additionally, she was Student Teacher Coordinator for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and she also worked as an Educational Consultant for New Mexico in Santa Fe. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a PhD in
Jim, like his wife, is a native Texan. He earned his electrical engineering degree from Texas A&M and has worked for companies such as Exxon Mobil, Control Applications and Perot Systems, as well as founding some six different small companies, several of which are still in operation.
However, what they were meant for in this lifetime didn’t blossom until they met and married in 2015. For decades both of them, independently, had felt that Galveston Island should be their home. So the first thing they did after the wedding ceremony on the beach was to move to Galveston.
Now you would think that all the time spent on their porch, soaking up the view of the moon, sun, tides and birds over the bayou would deter their creative juices, but no. Instead, they have each published a book and have most recently released their first book written together. Their three books will be introduced to the public at this book event, and both authors will be available for questions following their presentation.
Joy’s book, The Last Madam, A Legend of the Texas Chicken Ranch, was the first one published in 2016. Shari Fryer, former lead anchor for TV 13, Houston, endorses it: “Joy Jones has given readers a look into the heart and mind of Miss Edna. From the
young girl survivor of the Dust Bowl era through World War II, the prostitute in the seediness of Post Office Street in Galveston, to the bawdyhouse businesswoman in La Grange, we experience Edna Milton’s evolution as a woman, as a person. The surprise of the book is the continued journey of Milton, and what we find is a new
account of the world’s oldest profession………after the legend died.”
Then in late 2016, Jim followed with his autobiographical rendering of his growing up years in, Tall Tales Along Spring Creek. This book is a collection of short stories that gives an abbreviated peek into life ‘back in the day’ before his rural life, fishing and hunting grounds along Spring Creek became The Woodlands – Houston’s most elite suburban planned community. Judy Robinson, a Missoula, Montana book editor endorses it: “Don’t we all love to ‘remember when’? How many of us have listened at the knee of our grandparents or aged neighbors while they spun tales of haunted houses in the deep woods; night fishing among the snakes and alligators and fearing
the cries of a cougar near their camp? Jim has captured the several tenors of life as a boy growing up in the mid 1950s and offers special insight into some of the social and geographic aspects of this area and era – now long gone”.
Jim and Joy’s first collaborative work was published in September of 2017. It is historical fiction entitled Billy Love, A Pebble in the Galveston Sand. Carolyn Ferrell Watts, licensed psychological counselor, a specialist in trauma counseling for children, author of 6 activity books for parents, teachers, counselors and children,
and co-author of Dishonored and Forgotten has offered this endorsement: “Voices of the silent generation speak out, describing a span of time filled with exploring, adventure, learning and loving. A human pebble, sharply shaped among the diverse cultures that survive Galveston’s storms and thrive on its golden sands, acquires
skills to fare well when faced with harsh expectations of Texas A&M upper classmen, war in the jungles of Vietnam and the development of oil and chemical industries from the frozen slopes of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Texas industrial empires. That is just the setting of a novel that allows a glimpse into the lifestyles of people who have been too busy living fascinating experiences to talk about it. The
story is told by the pebble’s soulmate, who has equally learned life-lessons from the politically-sensitive academic arena. Joy’s story telling has artfully woven in wisdom from the ages to provide thought-provoking purpose and understanding of relationships and life in general. This is a love story with the power to inspire, motivate
and help readers celebrate being alive at every age. Joy Jones and Jim Nelson have hit a home run.”
These days, in the midst of promoting Billy Love, Joy and Jim have already put their heads together to design the prequel to this latest book. Billy’s grandfather, Zac Love, will be the main character. The book begins with him surviving the 1900 Storm. The working title of this book is, Zac Love, I’m Staying on Galveston Island. The theme is best expressed by Joy’s favorite philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de
Chardin: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, and the tides, we shall harness for God the energies of love……then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
All of Jim and Joy’s books in one way or the other promote the unique mystic and ambiance of life on Galveston Island. This special place has survived both good and bad times since the mid 1800’s and has hidden hundreds of untold secrets and stories. Jim and Joy intend to expose some of both in their books. In addition to writing three books since moving to Galveston, the Nelsons have also
established a publishing company – JJ Galveston Books. Their website, www.jjgalvestonbooks.com provides information about each author, book events and their books.