J.W. Bell’s life reads like an adventure story. He was a Field Artillery Officer in the Army for ten years, is well-versed in long-range and large-caliber weapons, and is an expert with small arms — handguns, rifles, machine guns, and, oh yes, he trained in explosives and is excellent with hand grenades. His military thrillers use actual terminology, weapons, and military courtesy. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S., living in Hawaii for several years. He coached gymnastics for a time and worked for years as a roughneck in the oilfields of Oklahoma. He became a teacher and holds a lifetime license to teach music and drama. He composed his first symphony and now has a good start on his second. Currently, he lives in Arkansas by himself in a small house on a small acreage where his estranged wife and their ten children live nearby: five boys ages eight to nineteen and five girls ages eight years to seventeen live close by. He has two older daughters who live in Little Rock with their own families. There are also three dogs, three cats, one pony, and two pet pigs on the acreage. The last inhabitants of the property are the two goats, whose offspring are incredibly cute and are as fun to watch as they appear to be alive.
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