James is a full time fiction author, writing for the last four years. Prior he spent 35 years in the IT industry and wrote on a wide range of IT subjects including many hundreds of training manuals.
He turned his attention to fiction during the summer of 2009. Armed with an A4 pad and ballpoint pen he unleashed a stream of consciousness—some 40,000 words before he drew a breath. The writing experience with such unbridled passion was new to him: a far cry from technical authoring. The excitement of not knowing where it was going but having an evolving story with a host of characters spurred him on. The Hole Opportunity was the product of his imagination and the first in a series of titles to be completed. The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload followed a year later. This book, a spoof thriller, was written to raise awareness of a genetic medical condition Haemochromatosis and to raise funds for the Haemochromatosis Society. Book two of the Hole Trilogy—A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side, was released in December 2013
Born 1952 in Oxfordshire, UK, James draws on his local knowledge to provide inspiration and settings for his characters, locations for his plots, and the mid-twentieth century for his historic anchors.
He is currently writing book three of the Hole Trilogy—Marmite Makes a Sandwich, Dynamite Makes a Hole, whilst continuing to raise funds/awareness for Haemochromatosis, as well as sharing his experiences of self-publishing and self-promotion with other indie authors.
What inspires you to write?
To use humor to lift spirits amongst the doom and gloom of a media driven society…
Tell us about your writing process.
I write longhand with no chapters only scenes. I start from a title and write forward – a pantser I guess. Once I’ve completed around 80,000 words I’ll read the complete draft and draw out the themes/plots to ensure they reach a climax so as not to leave my readers hanging. Thereafter, I read outloud the draft to hear how it sounds, particularly the dialogue. Write the ending and put the whole thing away for a month. Then the editing/rewriting process begins, and repeats until the manuscript is passable for my beta readers to take a look, comment, query and generally give me no-holds-bared feedback.
Now its significantly different from the original. I pass it to my writing coach (structural editor) who will take it apart line by line, word by word. More rewrites/edits until its ‘finished.’ Finally my copy editor get her hands on it to identify the missing/misused punctuation, poor spelling and no grammatical grammar.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters badger me if I’m too long between writing sessions. They are in limbo waiting for me to move their life forward. Being curious they want to know what fate befalls them, how they will overcome and if they will succeed and fail.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing to sell books is not to be rushed, its not going to happen overnight – fiction writings is a long-term project requiring you to be tenacious, committed and not rocked by a lack of instant success.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Amazon is the only way – forget trying to get a traditional deal unless you are already famous
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Multimedia based books to take advantage of Kindle/Table feature and 4GL interconnectivity.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
humour, humor, comedy, satire,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print