by Dave Warner
Local Author Jamie S. Farrington spent the afternoon on Sunday at Rock Valley Brewing Company in Little Falls signing copies of his new book called ‘A Different Life – An Adirondack Justice Story.’
Farrington is a Herkimer native who has lived with his wife in Little Falls for the last 25 years. He’s been a police officer and Deputy U.S. Marshall for 35 years.
He said, “I’ve always wanted to write, but I never had time just to sit down and do it.” Farrington will retire at the end of this year, so he’ll have plenty of time.
His cousin is an author, and they sat down one day to talk about it, and he told him to “just start writing and see where it goes.”
“I figured if I hated the book, everyone else would, so I scrapped that book and started over again. It took me a little under a year to finish Book 1. I liked it, and the story sort of wrote itself. It surprised me,” he stated.
The evening he finished the book, he sat down to write, looked at the screen, went into the bedroom, and told his wife, “You’re not going to believe this, but I just finished the book. I had no idea I was that close to the end.”
He said that all of a sudden, everything just tied together.
Farrington said that when he writes, he sits down, does about 2,000 words, and then edits that work. Any more than that, and it doesn’t work for him.
“Once I’m retired, I can dedicate more time to this and get Book 2 out before winter ends.”
Book 2 will have the same main characters, but it won’t tie into the storyline from Book 1. Book 3 will circle back and tie up any loose ends.
“I’ve got three other ideas in my head to continue this series. My plan is to have this as a multi-book series, and this main character will be around as long as I have stories in my head,” he said.
Farrington said that others write about the Marshalls, but he doesn’t want to do that.
“My character, for political reasons, quits the Marshalls and has his own adventures, not tied to being part of the Marshalls. I didn’t want to do that because there are already a dozen retired Marshalls out there doing just that.”
He wanted a character that was as realistic as possible. “If I was writing about someone, it would have to be constrained by the rules and regulations. My character isn’t constrained by that, he just does what he thinks is correct.”
Farrington said that he loves writing. “You’d think with just three weeks left on the job, I’d have tons of time to write, but we’re so busy at work. The bad guys have not stopped just because I’m getting ready to retire.”
He said that his wife is very supportive but that if she sees him sitting around watching TV, she’ll ask him why he’s not downstairs writing.
“That helps a lot. My cousin gets on me once-in-awhile as well. I sometimes fall into the same trap as other authors. I love reading, and if I have to choose between sitting down and writing or reading the novel I just bought, I will read the novel I just bought,” he stated.
So, he’s trying to limit the number of books that he buys to read. “I don’t want to have any excuse not to write.”
“I think the scariest thing about publishing is that once that book is out there, people tend to have a glimpse into your head,” he said.
Farrington is completely self-published. If you’re interested in purchasing the book, it’s available on Amazon as a paperback and in Kindle format.