James Thomas published his first children’s story in 2004. His writing is inspired by his many deployments away from his family and has developed into a series of family separation books. His literary aspiration is to provide guidance to families apart from their loved ones through writing. James graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and he holds an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration. He is married with a son and a daughter.
What inspires you to write?
I was…and I still am inspired by the hardships military families incur deployed away from their kids. I started to write to help out military families with maintaining a connection with their kids while they were deployed. I eventually had my own kids and it developed into a series of children picture books, along with a new series of youth science fiction books as my kids grew up.
Tell us about your writing process.
I spend a lot of time thinking about writing the next book. I sometimes stop writing one book and shelf it for a while to work on a new idea. I use this method to keep me from getting writers block. All my books start off with an outline or by clouding. I then write the book from start to end using the outline without revising. I only revise once I finish my first draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice is simple. Don’t rush to publish your book. Meet the writing standard first. If you don’t know what it is for your genre, then read or take classes on it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
From advice of other authors.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of publishing is bright. The sales of print books will decrease and ebook sales will increase; however, the sales of books will continue to go up.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Youth Science Fiction, picture books
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print