Jim Beane was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was educated in the public school system. His first paycheck came as a deli boy at Posin’s Kosher Delicatessen in 1968. He went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard and attended the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, from 1970-1972. He attended the University of Maryland for a short time but found the balance of work and school not to his liking. He went to work as an electrician in Local 202 for a year. After an automobile accident that left him unable to do the work he had become accustomed to, he enrolled at York College in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Criminal Justice.
Shortly after college, personal circumstances forced him to not pursue his interests in law enforcement. Instead, he took to the road with his tools and his dog, Paco, and ended up living in Jackson, Wyoming. Several years later, he returned to the east coast and married. His wife and he restored a 1920’s bungalow while raising two girls, both married and now living in the Baltimore area. He and his three-year-old grandson Jamesy are both dog lovers and best friends.
Jim worked thirty-five years as a by-the-hour carpenter. During that time, he worked equally as hard at his avocation as a fiction writer. Thanks to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, scores of supportive friends and editors and the insistence of his wife to never give it up, he now lives life as a fiction writer.
Currently, Jim is working on the final edits of his novel GALILEE and several new stories. He leads workshops in short fiction that he created for the Writers Center in Bethesda and volunteers as a mentor for the Veteran’s Writing Project, a forum for veterans to receive help for ongoing works. He remains an active member of two fiction collaboratives. The first is a twenty-year-old critique group that meets once each month to discuss their work. The other is a social networking lunch group, also meeting once a month, called Takoma Writers. He has served as a short fiction judge for the Bethesda Literary Fair’s fiction contest, lectured on short stories with fellow writer James Mathews at the Second Saturdays Lecture Series produced by David Brosch, read at various venues including the now defunct legendary Olssen’s Books in Washington, DC; Hemphill Galleries and the Writers Center as well as serving as a presenter at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival. The newest addition to the family he loves is a small terrier named Lily.