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Jim Butcher (born in October 26, 1971, in Independence, Missouri, United States) is a writer and author of the contemporary fantasy book series The Dresden Files.
Jim Butcher is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.
Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies, and live-action gaming. He did live in Missouri, though now lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He is engaged to Kitty Krell and has a son, James Junior (also an aspiring author), from his previous marriage to author Shannon Butcher.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided to become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist. All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
Other works by Jim include Spiderman: Darkest Hours, The Codex Alera series (a 6 book series, now concluded), and the ongoing steampunk series, The Cinder Spires.