Jackson, Sid J. 1937-
JACKSON, Sid J. 1937-
(C. C. Canby)
PERSONAL: Born November 6, 1937, in Kansas City, MO; son of Joseph (a laborer) and Ruby (a waitress; maiden name, Eidson) Jackson; married November 28, 1968; wife's name, Karen (a media generalist); children: Jorel Sidney, Beth Ellen Jackson von Gemmingen. Ethnicity: "English-German." Education: Central Missouri University, B.A., 1963, M.A., 1968; Iowa State University, Ph.D., 1983.
ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Author Mail, j-Press Publishing, 4796 North 126th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Century College, White Bear Lake, MN, professor, 1968-99, professor emeritus, 1999—. Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1957-67; became master sergeant.
MEMBER: American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Association, Minnesota Sociological Association.
Sociological Science, j-Press Publishing (White Bear Lake, MN), 1997.
(Under pseudonym C. C. Canby) Masks of Murder (mystery novel), j-Press Publishing (White Bear Lake, MN), 2003.
SIDELIGHTS: Sid J. Jackson told CA: "Writing is my way of exploring the human condition, to more-or-less put down in tangible form my impressions of and conclusions about human existence—its tragic side as well as the comedic. As a young boy, I was inspired to write by my grandmother, who pecked away on a Royal typewriter while my grandfather worked in the hayfield and who therefore couldn't harass her for 'wasting her time.' I always read and was inspired by my mother's books, too, of which there were plenty—some of which I wasn't supposed to read. I have been influenced most by John Steinbeck, though I do not have his style or talent (certainly!), but I admit to being influenced early by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rafael Sabatini, James Fenimore Cooper, Erskine Caldwell, et cetera. Today I love Sinclair Lewis, Saul Bellows, P. D. James, Elizabeth George, and Donna Tarte, among many others. I write, primarily, in the mornings, depending on my inspiration and excitement about a character or scene or a development in the plot."