Jimmy Wayne to Release Book “Paper Angels” Based on His Own Turbulent Childhood

While walking upwards of 20 miles per day during his cross-country trek from Nashville to Phoenix for his Meet Me Halfway Campaign, Jimmy Wayne had ample time to do some creative thinking.

So much time, in fact, that he worked with author Travis Thrasher via numerous long-distance phone conversations to parlay Jimmy's well-known story of growing up in the foster system—and at times being homeless—into a book of life-based fiction.

Paper Angels, the title of which is a reference to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, is slated to release in fall 2011 through Howard Books.

The book will subtly incorporate several of the people he met during his walk across the country.

“Not the people, just their names. Small bits of the experience. And I'll include some of the names of my favorite country singers. Like Patty Loveless, for example. She is playing on the radio in one of the scenes of the book. I don't want to give it away, but it has subtle stuff like that,” he tells Country Weekly.

He also says that despite its reference to his turbulent childhood, Paper Angels deals with universal themes.

“I want to make a fiction story as real as possible," he says. "It is about love. It's about giving and forgiving. It has fighting and rough things. It's about things that everybody in life can relate to. People have told me, ‘Man, writing about love is cliché.’ Well, that’s because it works.”

[Jimmy’s book was adapted into a movie of the same name on the UP Network in 2014.]

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