Jim McCafferty was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1954, and grew up in Methodist parsonages throughout the northern part of the Magnolia State. In all, he has called eleven Mississippi towns home at one time or another. He currently lives in Ridgeland with his wife, Malinda, and children, Bess and Jack.
Besides his award-winning work as an outdoors and travel writer and photographer, Mr. McCafferty is a lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi. A former full-time, free-lance writer, in 1989 McCafferty was awarded first place in the Southeast Outdoor Press Association's Excellence in Craft Competition, Weekly Newspaper Column Division and second place in the Outdoor Press Association of America Writing Contest, Environment and Conservation Category, Magazine Division. His pieces have appeared in such magazines as Outdoor Life and Field & Stream.
An avid hunter and fisherman, McCafferty, when not in his office, can frequently be found among the South's woods and streams. his first book, Holt and the Teddy Bear, as first published in 1991 and has been followed up in 1993 with Holt and the Cowboys.