Meet Jim Denney, Author of the Timebenders Series, at Beach Bound Books

BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?

JD: I’ve always been fascinated by storytelling. My dad is a natural storyteller, and ever since I was a boy, I loved hearing his stories about “the old days.” When I was just four or five years old, I discovered a black-and-white TV show called Space Patrol, and I was instantly hooked on science fiction. When I started elementary school, I looked for time travel and space travel books in the school library. There wasn’t much, but I did discover a book called A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. When I read that book, I knew I wanted to write stories about adventures on other worlds. That’s what really lit my fire to write.

Read the rest of the author interview at Beach Bound Books!


Submit Your Story to the 6th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest


Open to Young Writers
Ages 9 to 21 from any Country

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Finalists Announced:
September 20, 2013

Winners Announced LIVE at the Junior Authors Writers Conference on October 19, 2013 (You do NOT have to be at the conference if you win. You will be contacted by email or phone and will get your prize.)


Category 1 — Ages 18 – 21*
*You can be no more than 21 years old as of June 30, 2013.

Category 2 — Ages 15 – 17

Category 3 — Ages 12 – 14

Category 4 — Ages 9 – 11

The first place winning entry in each category will be published on the Junior Authors Contest website and the author of that entry will receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Thomas. The top six writers in each age category will receive Amazon Gift Cards in the following amounts:

1st place – $100
2nd place – $25
3rd place – $25
4th place – $25
5th place – $25
6th place – $25

For complete rules, go to the Contest website.

(Do you need some pointers and tips on writing so that you can be inspired to write? Check this page for Jim Denney’s Advice for Young Writers. If you’re a teen writer, here are some resources to help you get started: Websites and Resources for Teen Writers.

So, young author, start stretching your imagination—and start writing!