Author: Tim Jollymore
Tim Jollymore grew up next to the swamps, forests, and Indian reservations of northern Minnesota, the setting of his first novel. He spent his working life as a tree planter, pulp peeler, local historian, traveling salesman, and corporate manager. After migrating to California, he pursued residential design, contracting, and the teaching of English. Jollymore earned his master’s degree in literature at the University of Minnesota. He has also studied architecture and education.
Since leaving teaching in 2011, he has devoted his time to fiction and drama, writing a five-act play, completing three novels and a collection of short stories. He posts to his review blog frequently and has written a travel blog. His works include: Listener in the Snow, (2014), Observation Hill, a novel of class and murder, (2015), The Advent of Elizabeth, (2016), and Lake Stories and Other Tales (May, 2017).
During summer, he camps across the western states to visit extended family in northern Minnesota. Otherwise, he writes in Oakland, California and shares free time with his sleepyhead, artist companion, Carol. He lives in northern California nearby his three grown children, one of whom writes. When he can, Jollymore yells and screams along with his Viking grandson.
Jollymore’s fiction explores struggles of identity in American society from the viewpoint of the under and working classes. Though these contests—sometimes mysterious and often fierce— play out in spare, natural settings and every day, domestic life, they are marked by unusual, compelling events.