Jim Harnedy is an octogenarian and a native of Brookline, Massachusetts. He has resided in his adopted state of Maine for nearly four decades with his artist wife, Jane Diggins Harnedy. He is a retired computer executive and in his second career, has authored nine books as well as a number of articles for both local and national publications. He did his college preparatory work at St. Sebastian's School and received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Boston College. He did postgraduate work at Georgetown University and at Framingham State College.