Jim Conover was born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, working in the cotton fields until he migrated to Pekin, Illinois in 1962 where he met his wife, Judie. They have been married for 48 years and have two daughters. Jim joined the Pekin police department where he spent 20 years before retiring. He was also a private detective for 15 years.
Jim has written 7 books, fiction and non fiction and published 4 of them through his own publishing company, Lynch Law productions, established in 1998. The four published books are Lynch Law, Greenhorns and Killer Mountains, Slayer of Innocence and Black Robe Killings.
Black Robe Killings is the first in his new Deuce Ryker Mystery Series.
Jim also writes screenplays. Jim has written seven screenplays and received awards on several at Film Festivals. One, Major Pauline, won a Bronze Award at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival 2000, and won the Hollywood Scriptwriter's Written Word at the Action On Film International Film Festival in July 2008. His screenplay, Lynch Law, won Best Period Piece at the Action On Film International Film Festival in July 2008. His screenplay, Bass Reeves: Deputy US Marshal, won a Platinum Award at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival in 2010.
Jim produced a music video, Ride With The Devil, that won a Gold award at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival in 2010.
In 2004 Jim wrote the screenplay Sand Prairie, then produced and directed the movie Sand Prairie, filming it entirely in Central Illinois using all local talent. This was his first movie to produce and direct. Sand Prairie won a bronze award at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival in Houston, Texas in April 2008. His film, Sand Prairie, with a name change to The Showdown is now being distributed world wide.
Jim recently finished another screenplay and is set to produce it. He has also finished writing the third installment of his Deuce Ryker mystery, Deadly Treasures.