James L. “Hutch” Hutchins aka J. Leigh (pen name) was born 1950 at Bangor, Maine. The family moved to Southern California. He roamed the local mountains and deserts camping out several times alone. An avid reader and watcher of adventure, history, philosophy and poetry all his life. He joined the United States Marines in December, 1969 after three years of college. He dreamed of following the career of his father a professional educator but after the marine corps enlistment in 1978 spent over 30 years working in Quality Assurance. While in the marines he travelled to Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Britain, Formosa, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand. In Thailand he was stationed at the base named by the marines “MCAS Rose Garden, Nam Phong RTAFB, Thailand. With his career he moved across and back the United States for over 40 years.
A researcher of family heritage he writes of people he knew in his quality career. His stories cover the areas of his own adventures. He now lives in Korat, Thailand with his third wife.