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Jimmy Wayne becomes author

Monday, August 23, 2010 – Jimmy Wayne is becoming an author. Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, announced that it will publish "Paper Angels," a new book by Wayne due in fall 2011.

This will be Wayne's first book and is inspired by his childhood growing up in the foster care system in North Carolina. The book will be co-authored with novelist Travis Thrasher, called "the Nicholas Sparks of Christian Fiction" by Christian Retailing Magazine.

Abandoned at a young age by his father and growing up in foster care due to his mother being in prison, Wayne and his sister were both recipients of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. In later years, he went on to be awarded the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army, the youngest ever recipient of the honor.

: "Paper Angels is the book that Jimmy Wayne felt he had to write," said Howard Books vice president and publisher Jonathan Merkh. "He brings his own unique personal perspective to bare in writing an inspiring book that brings compelling awareness to the often forgotten children in our society."

On Jan. 1, Wayne launched his "Meet Me Halfway" campaign and began a solo walk halfway across America to raise awareness for teens who age out of the Foster Care system and, without any support system, can become homeless. In May, Wayne was named the National Spokesperson for FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care.

Thrasher is the author of 12 works of fiction including 2 novellas, "The Promise Remains" and "The Watermark."

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