Jim Marion Etter is a retired reporter for The Daily Oklahoman newspaper and a freelance writer. Writing mostly about rural people and places.He grew up in the small eastern Oklahoma town of Oktaha, and his first newspaper job was with The Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat. While most of his writing career has been in Oklahoma, he also has been a newsman in Laredo, Texas, served as a military journalist and translator in Latin America and for a while lived in and wrote about New Mexico. Writing mostly about rural people and places, his other books include "The Grains of Time" and "Oktaha, A Track in the Sand." He's among the authors in anthologies including "New Trails" "Daughters of the Land" "Western Horse Trails" and "The Salt of the Earth." He's written for magazines including American Cowboy, Western Horseman, Persimmon Hill, Desert Exposure, True West, Frontier Times, Cowboy, Western Digest, Route 66, Oklahoma Today, Country Discoveries and ByLine; and other newspapers such as The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and the Spanish language El Nacional in Oklahoma. Mr. Etter's news stories and features in The Oklahoman number in the hundreds.
BA, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma; graduate work, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Fiction Award, Oklahoma Writers Federation, 2001; AP & UPI Awards for News Reporting, 1964 and 1985; Ninth Place Writer's Digest Fiction Contest, 1960; U.S. Army Citations, 1987 and 1988.
Retired writer for The Oklahoman, lives and writes in Oklahoma.
The Grains of Time. Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association, 1998. Oktaha, A Track in the Sand. Oktaha, OK: Oktaha Historical Society, 1982. Between Me & You & the Gatepost: Rural Expressions of Oklahoma. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 1990; reprinted 1999. Ghost-Town Tales of Oklahoma. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 1996. Thunder in the Heartland. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2000. What a Dirty Shame. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2006.