Dr. Bailey is a retired engineering professor and amateur historian. With his wife Petra, he divides his time between Mesa and Pinetop, Arizona. He has authored and published two text books and many journal articles. He retired early to start a new career in history based fiction and non-fiction writing. Bailey’s Blood is his first novel, based of the violent activities of a great uncle’s family. It is published by Illumina Press, 2009 and has been accepted by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Achieves for inclusion in the state’s annual book fair. The Kentucky Explorer has published three stories from this novel. The Knox Countian is publishing a series of articles based on his family research. He has also published the non-fiction research behind the novel entitled, The Baileys of Southeast Kentucky. Chicago Spectrum Press, 2008. His second novel Honor O’Flynn is based on the story of an ancestor who was kidnapper in Ireland and sold as a tobacco bride in early eighteenth century Maryland. In addition to writing, he is Missions Director at First Baptist Church of Mesa and builds rocking horses in his wood working shop.
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“With masterful storytelling, Dr. James Bailey breathes life into the violent characters of his Eastern Kentucky heritage. We are drawn into the infamous Bailey-White Feud as Bill and Martha Bailey’s sons exact revenge to preserve their family’s mountain pride. Bailey’s Blood will hold you spellbound to discover who will survive hot tempers and moonshine madness.”
Edwina A. Doyle, author, From the Fort to the Future: Educating the Children of Kentucky and The Bless Mark.