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About Jim


Jim Satterfield

I hold a Ph.D. in fishery and wildlife biology from Colorado State University and worked for more than ten years as a biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. During this time I also taught at the University of Denver and received the Colorado Governor's Award for my work with inner city youth, probably my most important and enduring professional accomplishment. In 1995, my family moved to Montana, where I work for the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Since 2004, we have lived in Kalispell, where I began a very rewarding relationship with Authors of The Flathead, a group of writers helping writers. I currently serve as their president. My wife, Gloria, edits all my writing. We have two children, Daniel and Elsie.

My first novel, The River's Song, was released fall 2012 by Amazon/Encore. Publishing this novel has been quite an experience. I originally sold it to Avalon Books, and it was wonderful to work with them. However, a few months before the originally scheduled release date, Amazon bought Avalon Books. So this story was through two editorial review processes. It must have been helpful as The River's Song reached #1 for Western Fiction on Amazon.

After winning the Zola Award for historical fiction at the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association for my manuscript, Soon You Will Cry, I gained representation from Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. This has led to the sale of my second novel, Saving Laura, by Oceanview Publishing, published in June 2013. My next project with Liz is the manuscript mentioned above, Soon You Will Cry. This is the story of Sitting Bull's last battle, fought on the very ground where I once worked in northeastern Montana.

I also have a young adult novel, See You At The Tree. This is a coming of age novel about a 15-year-old boy in northwest Montana who learns to run hounds under the tutelage of an old mountain man. I have completed a second Y/A, Sharpshooters To The Front, a story of a Pennsylvania farm boy who lies about his age to join Berdan's Sharpshooters, the Union Army's elite regiment of marksmen.