Jerome Mark Antil was born in Cortland, New York in 1941. The seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son, Michael Charles Antil Sr., and Mary Rowe Holman Antil. He completed the first grade at the St. Mary’s Catholic school in Cortland, New York when the family moved to Delphi Falls, New York where he lived until just after finishing his eleventh grade in high school. Jerome Mark Antil grew up with five brothers and two sisters. Mary Margaret; Dorothy Louise; Michael Charles, Jr.; Frederick Holman; Richard Francis; Paul Robert; and James Joseph. His blood grandmother, on his Mother’s side, was Catherine Rowe-Bell, who lived with the family in Delphi Falls. Catherine’s sister, Josephine and her husband, Frederick Holman adopted Jerome’s Mother as a child when her father left and never returned. The family called their grandmother, Aunt Kate, but always knew she was their Grandmother. The family also adored, Bomma Jo and Bompa Fred for their caring, love and devotion of their Mom. Just before his senior year in high school the family moved from Delphi Falls, first to North Syracuse and then to Milwaukee as a result of a year his father had spent in a TB sanitarium, and subsequent failed businesses. He moved with his Mom and Dad and two of his brothers moved from Delphi Falls, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jerome graduated from St. John’s Cathedral in 1958 and went on to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio. His parents and younger brother James Joseph moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where they remained.
His career has been “writing” and “marketing” in the business world. He wrote marketing plans, sales and training movies and commercials. He has lectured at Cornell University; The Johnson School; St. Edwards University; and Southern Methodist University. Jerome was inspired to begin the career he always wanted, at the behest of his daughter, Worley Antil Coco and has spent twelve years researching for several books he is now working on. A note from her now adorns his wall, “Start Writing – Be Happy!” Light hearted nostalgia about growing in the 1940s. In his writing room he has the framed pages of his daughter’s handwriting listing forty two subject lines of her favorite bedtime stories she was told by him.
A promise made by him to his daughter, was that his first book would be a book to help divorced fathers cope, and have the same quality times with their children as she shared with him.
To Jerome, his career is only beginning; he has so many memories and experiences to draw from. As he puts it, “If my daughter is my only audience, that would be fine with me.” He also mentions that a number of writers got a late start.
His favorite authors are John Steinbeck; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; and Mark Twain.