He's been a coal miner, pizza delivery man, newspaper reporter, janitor, newspaper columnist, landscaper, news and sports radio broadcaster, and magazine publisher. He is currently the Franklin County Circuit Clerk, and lifelong Franklin County resident Jim Muir can now add author to his resume.
A Sesser native, Muir hosted a book signing and release party for his first book, "Offerings," Saturday at Stark's Fitness Center in West City. A steady flow of fans and friends lined up to purchase an autographed copy.
Muir describes the 287-page book as a daily collection of wit and wisdom wrapped in an attitude of gratitude.
He explains, "I want readers to look at 'Offerings' as a guide, a playbook, and a template to help you when you go through those rough patches that come along, when the road of life gets bumpy and visibility is poor."
Asked what prompted him to write the book, Muir said, "Like a lot of folks, I open up my Facebook account every morning and I see a post on there one morning where a guy is ranting and dropping a lot of curse words and I thought, there has to be a better way to start the day than this. So, I went and got a powerful quote and put a couple of paragraphs underneath it and it got a real good response the next day. "So, the following morning, I did it again and once again it got a positive response. From then on, I made it a regular part of my morning routine," Muir said. "I did it seven days a week and realized that I had this big accumulation of these and I had people tell me that i should put them in a book. It hit me that I've got all the material and it would just be a matter of putting it all together and sorting it out."
Muir said the process took him 18 months from start to finish.
Asked what it felt like for a writer to publish his first book, Muir said, "It's very rewarding, very rewarding. Kind of a lifelong thing, going back to when I first started writing. It's always been in the back of my mind to get it done. It's been a long process and the editing part was the worst -- it was brutal!"
If you didn't get a chance to attend this first book signing, Muir says he will hold another one from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8 at the Benton Public Library. The book sells for $14.99 a copy.