Author Bio for
Gerald P. Inmon
Retired from a distinguished career as a professional Forester and Wildlife Biologist, Gerald Inmon now resides in his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife of forty-four years. Patricia is currently the First Baptist Church Secretary. Their only surviving son, Tony, is a Minister/Missionary/Church Planter Strategist with the North American Mission Board.
In addition to earning a BS in Forestry and a MS in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University, Gerald's educational achievements included his winning Bull-of-the-Woods high-point honors at the M.S.U. Forestry Conclave.
Periodically voted one of Oxford's favorite "living writers" by Oxford Eagle Newspaper's readership, Gerald is also published in the national scientific journal, The Journal of Forestry. He is professionally recognized through accolades that include: nomination by his Three Rivers Chapter of The Society of American Foresters peers for Mississippi's Most Outstanding Forester; being bestowed the Soil and Water Conservation District's Conservation Education Award; receiving five USDA Certificates of Merit for various natural resource works in the Forest Service; earning the Nature Conservancy's Public Service Award; and being presented two national Taking Wings Awards, one for waterfowl habitat devlopment and the other for partnership generation.
Acknowledgements from the U.S. Army include: promotion to E-5 in only 18 months; receiving the Medal for Military Merit; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service and Campaign medals; and selection as Battalion Soldier of the Month in the 101st Airborne Division.
Yocona Puff Adder (screen play is available) and Camp Re-Form are both STORY TIME FOR GROWNUPS...age-appropriate for only 15 years old & up.
Gerald's debut novel, Yocona Puff Adder is a coming-and-going-of-age story that's like three books rolled into one. Starting out like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as the boys grow a little older it gets more like Forrest Gump. Then, as they get a lot older it becomes more like Tuesdays with Morrie.
In the early 50's, two seven-year olds in Oxford, Mississippi, grow up under the tutelage of a world famous author called Mr. Jefferson. In 1962,when Mr. Faulkn...Mr. Jefferson that is...dies off, they are teen-agers by then and he has already planted the seed in them for his influence. Because one of the boys' grandfather owns property adjacent to the famous writer, they are forever encountering him as he teaches them things little boys need to learn about... everything from puberty to mankind and humanity.
Although this starts out before racial integration and one of the boys is black and the other white, they remain best friends right through those struggles. They grow through working in the logging woods, Vietnam, college, and careers with the natural resources, where they both work for the Forest Service but see things from different perspectives during the environmental movement of the 70s-90s.
As they grow old and retire, they remain the best of friends, but then have to deal with each other in old age and dementia...in an old folks' home.
Written in the unique genre of "faction", this is twisted truths, embellished events and purified people...mostly true and only tweaked a little to be more humorous, more horrible, more dramatic, more entertaining, more interesting, and more sexy, etc..
The author gives the guarantee that if you don't love this book, he will eat it.
Camp Re-Form is a character driven book about seven fifteen-year old boys you'll learn to love as they struggle with everything from their efforts at honor and duty to mere survival, while they are sentenced to a judge-ordered Boy Scout camp in lieu of reform school.
Taking dialect to a whole new level, the patrol called Sarge's Snappers draws from seven different cultural backgrounds and the generational differences between them and their Scout Master. Not since the prankish mischief-makers of M.A.S.H. has there been such a corps of individualized psychologies.
The impassioned young protagonist is an unlikely delinquent named Jed, who is reluctant to take over as patrol leader...and croons for Goose's girlfriend.
Goose, being the Yankee atheist who has just lost last year's patrol leadership, now wants to kick everybody's butt but Fanny Pearl's, whose he claims he'll soon soil instead.
Stuttering his way from ob..ob..obstacles to stepping stones, Junebug, also called Junie, is slightly slow enough to single-handedly try out the retardation center's first effort at mainstreaming.
Coonie, articulately in the finest of Cajun dialect, doesn't miss an opportunity to impose his wrapped perspective on anyone who tries not to listen.
Overdrive, a slightly crippled genius who grew up in an auto shop, proves his worth with traits like the ability to hot-wire the camp jeep for the Snappers' sex-education favors from Stretch, power forward from the Dixie Carrot tops.
Chick, these cohorts' American Indian contingent, hardly talks, but has his own way to campaign for an Eagle project concerning his heritage along the Natchez Trace...despite the National Park Service bureaucracy.
A falsely accused but quickly convicted youngster nick-named Moses is secretively dying of leukemia...but more worried about spreading and shedding some spiritual sunlight to the others than any problems he may face by trying to Christianize the remnant of the not-so-righteous. .
Under suspicion for liking little boys a little too much, Sarge seems to the Snappers to be about the last adult influence these sorta-scouts think they need as a role model...but they learn as much in spite of him as they do because of him.
Cookie, camp cook, is the token adult female legally present and representing the fairer sex. She does have a teen-aged daughter named Fanny Pearl, who is fodder for a most compelling near-love story and feud.
Acronymed BAD, Braxton Allen Dillion is the more-than-shady antagonist attempting to be-devil the patrol and sabotage their efforts to go straight..er.
For autographed hardcovers of both books, order now at the special price for $40.00 and the author will pay shipping, handling and tax.
Or order either book individually for $25.00 and again author will pay shipping, handling and tax.
Yocona Puff Adder ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-3-4
Camp Re-Form ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-7-2
Both books are also available electronically at the Kindle Store for $9.99 each.
Mail Check or credit card information to:
Taylor House Publishing 141 CR 369 Oxford, MS 38655
or Telephone: 662-816-4180
Your order will be mailed immediately at media mail rate. If you would like to contact Gerald Inmon personally for any reason, including ordering personalized copies, the e-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much, Gerald