debut book. Tell us about it?
Godfather to God-the-Father begins with Jim “Bobo” Hall facing a federal judge.
It ends with his salvation and the miracles he experienced while in prison. I
am this Bobo, and the book is my memoir.
it had continued down the ordinary path of the first six years of my
childhood–but it didn’t. At the age of seven, the FBI’s search for an escaped
convict, and former member of John Dillinger’s gang, brings them to my house
looking for my father. When my dad eludes capture, my family and I join him in
a lifestyle some describe as outlaw.
at a Catholic Seminary, my pre-adult life is marked by so many unusual
adventures that it might have been a remarkable read if I had ended it before I
started my adult journey. However, as some say, “That’s just the beginning of
business. My chronical follows my days as a wealthy businessman, and how I
became involved with the Mafia leadership in Chicago. My story tries to
highlight the drama, adventure, and sadness of my life. I include vignettes
about various mafia chiefs, Frank Sinatra, skimming Las Vegas casinos, murder, the mob’s possible role in John F. Kennedy’s
death, and my time in Federal Prison.
important, it’s a remarkable story of how only God can bring peace to a life of
differently if you were starting your publishing career today?
more disciplined in setting time aside to write.
your journey to publication.
Ministries. I had shared my testimony many times before then, but this opened
up an entirely new set of audiences. Most everywhere I shared my story someone
would say, “You’ve got to write a book.” I’d smile and shrug it off. It was
many years before I seriously took on the project. Two events set my writing
found myself without a job. With plenty
of time available, I began writing. Once started, memories returned and words
flowed. As the page numbers grew, the excitement intensified.
writers that gave me the guidance needed to move from being a speaker to being
a writer. The group called themselves the Seedwriters because they believed
they were formed to “write seeds of God’s word into their books,” and to
support each other. Maybe they just felt sorry for the lone male in their
consortium, but soon they enveloped me with their collective wings. They
prodded and encouraged me when I needed it most.
public speaker with a story, and a writer hoping to bring the tale to life.
Without their mentoring, I’m not sure I’d ever be published.
write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?
alone all that cozy). I’ve had thoughts of aping the authors featured in many
movies that go to some mountain cabin in a search for seclusion. However, I’d
probably be out
hiking and enjoying the surroundings too much. If money
allowed, I’d like a month away with my wife in Rome or Florence, Italy. She’d
be able to go wandering around during the day, while I wrote. We’d have the
nights together. It’s probably more a dream than a possibility. But, nothing
wrong with dreaming.
if you didn’t write?
felt a strong calling to write it. My wife, and toughest critic, loved the
early writings. I really want to get on with it, but there’s much to be done
with the release of my memoir.
promotional and social marketing, speaking engagements, various articles (promotional)
to be written, and so on. Add a full time job to all that, and I find it
difficult to continue on my new book.
but less purpose in my life.
you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?
current book becomes established, I will be able to set a writing schedule I
can manage and obey. For me, I write best when I have dedicated time and no
3 recommendations for a new writer?
through the internet.
emphasis is on honest. You only get one chance at a first impression.
have an outline and a mental picture of your projected story, but don’t be
afraid to let the action in it move in an unforeseen direction.
things would recommend not doing?
committed to writing will equal time away from those you love.
is born and others say anyone can learn. What do you think?
than a good tale. I think anyone can learn to be proficient as a writer. In all
art, masterpieces are born from those with great instincts combined with an
amazing knowledge of their craft.
strangest or funniest experience you’ve had in writing?
published the same timeframe as mine. In second place (maybe the funniest), was
an agent (unnamed) who aggressively reached out to publishers with my book. The
problem was, I had repeatedly told him I wasn’t signing with him.
creating or editing aspect of writing? How do you feel about research?
and have been surprised how much it has helped expand the story. Creativity is
the heart of a good story. Smart editing is the brain. You might call me brain
dead–I hate editing.
yourself a visual writer? If so, what visuals do you use?
solid yes. If it means using pictures of how I visualize the characters looked,
not so much.
day I wrote it. It hurts to see how bad it is after so much work. I save that
agony for my next writing session.
under pressure or do you write at a leisurely pace?
intense pressure I get is a deadline, and the second, my wife’s urging to get
thoughts on critique partners?
they are for me.
agent or publisher. If it’s good, it’ll find an audience.
From Godfather to God-the-Father
All rise!” the
the federal district chief judge, entered the courtroom.
on the desk and forced my quaking legs to stand. Sweat, like a block of ice in
a sauna, rained down my pants. Could that grandfatherly man in the flowing
black robe really be the man the Chicago mafia and I had plotted mur- dering?
Did he know how close we came to being successful?
for an escaped convict, a former member of John Dil- linger’s gang, brought
them to little Bobo’s house as they attempted to unearth his father. Bobo’s dad
eluded capture, and the seven-year old joined his father, embarking on life as
a fugitive. Searching for happiness through his Catholic boarding school years
and success as a businessman, Jim Hall became entrenched in the mafia. With
riveting tales of Frank Sinatra, Las Vegas casinos, and a possible connection
to JFK’s death, this is the miraculous true story of a boy connected to the
godfather who finds his way to peace with God the Father.
of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives with her two rescue cats in suburban Chicago, an hour’s drive away from her Wisconsin hometown where she visits often to dig into its historical legacy. Her novels include Thyme
for Love, and Love Will Find a Way, contemporary romantic
mysteries and her 1933 historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
She can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas. She’s currently working on a contemporary romance that involves rodeo, bulls, and cowboys.