About James Wymore:
Tall tales and imagination filled James Wymore’s formative years as he moved around the American West. Constantly in pursuit of a gateway to another world, he failed to find a literal door to another reality. However, he learned to travel everywhere fantastic through writing.
As an adult, James voyaged to other continents, where new philosophies and cultures fed his desire to see life from different perspectives. He then immersed himself in studying nature, in the hopes of finding a loophole. Along the way, he continued creating stories about alternate worlds like the ones hiding just out of sight.
James finally settled in the Rocky Mountains with his pet wolf, Kilgore, and started publishing his work. With three books and six short stories in print after just one year, he celebrates the best supernatural portal he’s found so far—the mind.
What inspires you to write?
I always loved books and stories, but when I was a teen I read some books that changed how I see the world. I marveled at the power of a story to change my perspective. I knew I wanted to be a part of that conversation and help other people expand their mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a discovery writer, flying by the seat of my pants. I’ve done more with outlines lately, but I still find myself at the climax of the book being just as surprised as the characters.
I write in Word. I do all my outlining and notes the same way. The first book I wrote at 16 was on the computer, pretty much the same process I use today.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I usually start with a character sketch with varying amounts of background information. I don’t talk to them. I believe character comes out in the action. So I let the details arrive as the action prods it out of them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be afraid to write something new and different. It’s easy to fall into a genre track. It’s also boring.
Don’t just tell a story, say something. Make a point. Don’t preach it in your book, but let the themes have meaning. Books have a unique perspective into people and that should always include ideas higher than themselves.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had two publishers early on, but one of them definitely shined in terms of service and marketing. I eventually moved all my work to Curiosity Quills Press, and I’ve been happy there since. For a small press, they have a great business model that has grown tremendously in this chaotic publishing world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s important to keep up on the current trends, but good books will still be good books. Writing a great story is most important because that will always thrive, no matter what the market does.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science-fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Horror… etc.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print