In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.
Jacob Graham, writing as Jacob Paul Patchen, was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. Patchen earns his inspiration through experience, where he writes about the things that built him: Love, Family, War, and Pain.
Jacob is an award-winning poet, author, blogger, and combat veteran. He earned his stripes with his debut 5-star rated book, Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop: A Playful Journey Through Some Serious Sh*t, published in 2015. Jacob has also been selected as a finalist in several poetry competitions, as well as, published by numerous literary journals including New Millennium Writings, 0-Dark-Thirty, The Dead Writers Patrol, and Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine.
Patchen started writing at the age of 12 after his parents divorced. He continued writing through high school in the back of his notebooks during class and relied on poetry as a way to understand the world around him. Jacob enlisted into the Marine Corps. Infantry in 2003 and deployed to Al Anbar Province Iraq in 2005. After his return, he enrolled at Muskingum University where he studied Creative Writing.
Jacob has authored several books in many genres including At Daddy’s Hands: Courage Knows No Age (YA Fiction. September 2019), Of Love and War (Poetry. 2018), Words That Matter series (Children’s Picture Book Series. April-May 2019), Life Lessons from Grandpa (Creative Nonfiction. 2015), Talking S.H.I.T. (Creative Nonfiction. 2017), and Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend (MG/YA Fiction. 2019-2020).
Currently, Jacob continues to sharpen his craft while working at Muskingum University. Although he no longer hides in trees, he still holds onto his youthful spirit, stubborn ways, and desire to make people feel.