About JR Collins
JR Collins is a multi-award-winning author and native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
A true mountain man, he has lived in his beloved mountain home all his life. His ancestral
heritage is deeply rooted in the families of those early mountain settlers who crossed the great
oceans to settle a wilderness full of resources one can only imagine. A task accomplished
through determination, grit, courage and faith. As a boy, he traveled the back-roads, ridges,
hollows, and trails with his family, to spend time with those his father called grandfather,
grandmother, great uncle and aunt. These “old timers”, who still lived on their original family
farms, shared wisdom from the porch rockers. They told how folks lived when they were young.
How they helped each other to survive. How to be proper and respectful in the eyes of their
fellow man. These elders shared knowledge with the young boy, who would one day turn their
ways into legend.
The exaggerations and added memories of these story telling ancestors left a lasting impression
on JR Collins. It also brought to light the changes the mountains were facing. New peoples from
all over, learning to enjoy the peace and freedom of Appalachia, brought an end to the way of
life the elder settlers had called freedom. Mr. Collins lived through this change. Saw the
freedoms he himself enjoyed, end. A painful time when the old timers he loved died off not
understanding the why of how people were changing their mountain home. Through his writings,
JR has sought to capture these times in stories everyone can enjoy, understand, and hopefully
learn from. A way to honor those he learned so much from while growing up in his simple
mountain home. A genius people that are now gone. A time that is no more. Legends that now
only live in lore.