James Keffer was born in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1963, the son of a city policeman and a nurse. He grew up loving basketball, baseball, tennis, and books. He graduated high school in 1981 and attended Youngstown State University to study mechanical engineering.
James left college in 1984 to enter the United States Air Force. After basic training, he was posted to the 2143rd Communications Squadron at Zweibruecken Air Base, West Germany. While he was stationed there, he met and married his wife, Christine, whose father was also assigned to the base. Zweibruecken Air Base closed in 1991, and James and Christine were transferred up the road to Sembach Air Base. He worked in communications for the 2134th Communications Squadron, then became the LAN manager for HQ 17th Air Force.
James received an honorable discharge in 1995, and he and his wife moved to Florida to attend Trinity Baptist College. He graduated with honors in 1998, earning a bachelor of arts degree. He currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and three children.
|Series: Hornblower's Legacy|
|Hornblower and the Island||St. Helena has a new Governor, Horatio Hornblower|
|Brewer and the Barbary Pirates||Brewer signs on for a cruise under Captain Bush in HMS Lydia|
|Brewer's Luck||Brewer is ordered to the Caribbean to destroy a nest of pirates|
|Brewer’s Revenge||Hornblower has given Commander William Brewer captaincy of the captured pirate sloop El Dorado|
|Brewer and The Portuguese Gold||Brewer is tasked to serve and defend British interests in the waters off Brazil.|
|Brewer and The Black Rose||Brewer is drawn in to the chase when a ship drifts into the harbor at St. Kitts full of dead and wounded|
|1840||Hornblower and the Journey Home||Hornblower must do his utmost to pay a debt he has owed for over 20 years|
|Brewer’s Private War||Brewer is kidnapped by his former mentor|