Bio: I.M. Tillerman was born in 1944 in South Dakota in his great-grandmother's house. Most of his childhood was spent living on farms near Sioux Falls.
In the early 1970's, after graduating from Augustana and Purdue, Tillerman was hired as a full-time English Instructor at a college in a suburb of Chicago; for twenty-nine years, he taught Composition and Literature there as a Professor in the English Department. He took early retirement and since then has been a full-time author.
In the early '60's, while in the Marines, Tillerman married his high school sweetheart, and had a daughter. After his first wife died tragically, he remarried and had two children.
Tillerman states that the most profound literary influences on him as a writer are the very authors he taught about in college for three decades: Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Fitzgerald, and Tennessee Williams. The two strongest literary influences on him are the poet, Emily Dickinson, and Hemingway, who wrote: "A writer should be of his great probity as a priest of God. He is either honest or not?, and after one piece of dishonest writing, he is never the same again" (Amen, Papa).
In this sequel to Murder in Mayberry: A Pleasing Shape, Deputy Jason, still in the middle of a trial separation from his wife, finds himself in the middle of a heinous crime. This time, however, a double murder plunges him and Sheriff Taylor into investigation replete with red herrings and other surprises.
When his marriage of thirty years seems doomed to divorce, a seventy year-old Jason needs to get away. He chooses to retire to Mayberry, North Carolina, where he meets the County Sheriff, Andy Taylor. During his trial separation from his wife, as Jason attempts to clear his head and ponder the future, he discovers that this supposedly peaceful town is not what he expected. All is not what it seems to be. Something sinister seems to be lurking beneath its serene exterior?
When a sixty-one year old retired college teacher travels fifty years into the past to change the tragic, childhood death of his beloved sister and only sibling, he spends several hours with that fourteen year old "kindred spirit"--and with himself as an eleven year-old farm boy--and must decide whether or not it is wise to alter the past.
When their father commits suicide, his two daughters receive a letter from their father asking them to spend a weekend in the long-abandoned, dilapidated farmhouse of their father's childhood. That's when the dark and violent secrets of their past finally come to the surface.
In 1962, three young men from South Dakota fly to San Diego and enter Marine Corps Boot Camp together. Butch and Danny, his best friend, survive the rigorous training and the physical and psychological torment by submissively following orders and by staying out of harm's way. However, the third member of trio, Jim O'Donnell, an arrogant and insubordinate college dropout, incurs the immediate wrath of Sergeant "Teddy Bear" Taddy, a violent and seemingly mentally unstable drill instructor, who dis... more info>>
When two children, Butzy and Jude, decipher the intricate cryptogram on the back of their middle-aged father's recently inherited grandfather clock, they discover that the magnificent, Nineteenth Century antique--called "Herbert" by the sisters--is, in reality, a time machine. After the siblings' naive and ill-advised trip to alter the past proves destructive, Butzy, the narrator and the more precocious of the two, must then decide whether or not an excursion into the future in order to prevent ... more info>>