Jim Newell was born in Maine and moved to Canada with his parents at the age of 5, growing up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where he attended school and graduated from Acadia University in 1951, winning a Gold A for Dramatics and the Class of 1908 Essay prize.
In 1987 Jim retired from teaching as Head of Student Services at his high school and moved back to Bridgewater where he took what he thought of as a retirement job as an investigative reporter with Lighthouse Publishing Limited, writing for the three weekly newspapers that company published, but found himself promoted to Editor of one of the papers after just three months on the job. In four years he received four major awards for column and editorial writing, Again his work was interrupted, this time permanently, as his old nemesis returned in 1991 in the guise of Post-Polio Syndrome. He has been using a wheelchair since 1993.
While working as a reporter Jim also began a monthly devotional column, as well as writing short stories, occasional editorials and features for The Atlantic Baptist magazine, continuing for ten years. In 1993, Jim and his wife Dorothy moved back to Ontario, settling in Waterloo, a city where they had three grown children and two granddaughters. His eldest daughter lives in Gatineau, Quebec. In Waterloo he began to write short stories and novels as a hobby, one that has grown to be another career.
Jim has another work with Untreed Reads, the short story collection Never Use a Chicken and Other Stories.
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