Jimmy Wayne Interview About His Book, Paper Angels.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is close behind! This time of the year is one of my favorites for many reasons. It is a time filled with family, friends and love. I find that many, not all but many, have a spark in their hearts around this time. People get the bug of thinking of others and not just themselves.
I recently read a book that embodies that sentiment in more ways than one. Paper Angels by Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher is a book that has the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program at its’ epicenter.
I had the opportunity to talk to Jimmy about the book and I learned a lot!
Many of Jimmy’s beliefs and the things he stands for come from his personal life experiences. You might call Paper Angels partly-fictional, in that it’s a made up story, but the characters have been influenced by real life people.
“I never wanted to right a fiction, I’ve always been a nonfiction kind of guy,” Jimmy said. “I wanted it to be real things I experienced. I couldn’t steer far from the truth, that’s just the way I am.”
Thomas, one of the main characters in the book is strongly based upon Jimmy’s sister. Thomas looked out for his younger sister, Sara, just like Patricia looked out for Jimmy. “She was a kid going on grown,” Jimmy said of Patricia who still looks out for him while be a mother to children of her own.
There are bullies in this story (Vic) and there are kind people (Carlos), both of whom Jimmy dealt with growing up. This book takes you on an emotional, year-long journey with two families dealing with struggles that happen every day. As soon as you think you know what will happen next, you are thrown by an unexpected act of kindness.
The ending might throw some people, but Jimmy is fine with that because that’s how life is. So the question is, will there be a second part to Paper Angels? Jimmy said that there is a possibility!
I’m sure many are happy to know, Jimmy has not given up on his music career. With the help of Pat Alger, the two have wrote an entire album and are planning and shopping the record around to people in the industry. “I want to put it out, but it has to be done with the right people,” Jimmy said.
We can all respect that! We will just have to wait patiently for Jimmy’s next release. Whether it is a new book or album, we’ll be ready!
Until then, Jimmy is continuing to be an advocate for at risk youth and the foster care system.
I suggest you pick up a copy of Paper Angels, it will be one you will want to re-read each holiday season! For more information on the Salvation Army and their services click HERE.