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Biography

When The Missouri Ran Red, Jim's Civil War novel about a young Missourian taken captive by the Confederate Army and his fight to stay alive will be released by Kensington Books October 2021. 

Jim recently completed a Civil War novel titled The Brave Die First based on the history of the Second Regiment of Hiram Berdan's United States Sharpshooters as seen through the eyes of two first cousins from Michigan. Orin and True Killbuck experience the brutality and heartbreak of war with their comrades, strive to hold the love of two beautiful women, and endure public scorn when sharpshooters revered at the beginning of the war come to be hated by both North and South. Contract pending. 



Jim's Civil War novel, Riding for the Flag, the story of three brothers whose loyalties to North and South place them on opposite sides of the conflict, was published by Kensington Books, September 1, 2015, in paperback and e-book editions.

Raiding With Morgan, the story of the invasion of southern Indiana and Ohio by 2,400 Confederate cavalrymen under the command of General John Hunt Morgan in July of 1863 was published in hardcover by Kensington Books, April 29, 2014. A mass market paperback edition was released by Kensington May 26, 2015. 

Fascinated by his father’s tales of the frontier, Jim R. Woolard earned a doctorate in American history and spent years researching Ohio history from 1790 to 1815. Jim’s goal in his writing is to portray every-day life on the Ohio frontier as accurately as possible. His historical novels take the form of personal memoirs. Jim’s first novel, Thunder in the Valley, won the 1996 Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Award for best first novel and the 1996 WWA Spur award for best original paperback novel. The award-winning Thunder in the Valley was followed by Winds of Autumn, Cold Moon and Blood at Dawn.

Additional historical and young adult novels:

Feathered Tide, a novel based on the River Raisin Massacre and the first siege of Fort Meigs during the War of 1812, Goldminds Publishing, LLC, March, 2012.

Colorado Sam, an adventure/murder mystery featuring a huge dog and a young man in great danger, set in 1891 Alamosa, Colorado, Goldminds Publishing, LLC, October, 2010.

Ozark Red, a novel about a father, his estranged son, and the champion coonhound that reunites them, Goldminds Publishing, LLC, November, 2007.

Jersey Red, a runt Redbone coonhound helps a young man find the courage to confront the school bully and uphold his family name, Goldminds Publishing, LLC, November, 2008.