Q & A with Arthur James

I love finding another writer who is much like me and works all day with numbers and then comes home and works with letters! Please welcome Mr. Arthur James!

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22873FWhat would your bio say?

I am a finance professional and a part time writer, who considers fiction writing to be a division of the entertainment industry. In addition to writing, I’ve has traveled extensively in North America including Mexico, lived in England and Australia for a year each, visited Central America & Indonesia and traveled in Europe four times. Writing has had to weave itself around studying and a number of demanding employments. Four novels have survived out of five. Starting from the most recent, they are: Wall Street Brokers, The Adams Sisters, Jason and the Kodikats and Hants.

I speak English, French and some Spanish. Personal interests are as varied as live theatre, music, politics, literature, computing & information technology and finance. Being divorced and without children has made possible enriching relationships with women friends, over the years

When did you start writing and why?

I started writing fiction around age twenty. At first my production was mostly short stories. These tended to be based on people I was acquainted with. A friend who was an English Prof told me that I was good at characterization.

There were a number of motivations. I liked reading fiction and thought I’d like to try writing some. I wanted a pastime that was portable, could be neglected and one that I could see what I had done with my time.

 Who is your favorite author and why?

Among the older writers I like Victor Hugo. His stories are always different and his characters seem almost real. He had a very large vocabulary and writes about as life as it should be and not necessarily as it is.

Among the popular living authors I like Danielle Steel. She develops good plots, her characterization is excellent and there is lots of variety in the places and venues where her stories take place.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

First I would like to entertain my readers and take them out of their ordinary lives. By doing this, I hope to be able to live comfortably from my writing.

 Traditional or self-publishing? Why?

Currently I am self-published on the Internet. I tried to find publishers and agents for each one of my stories, have not been successful. Self-publishing on the Internet offered a way to let people see and be entertained by my fiction. I’ve received positive comments from readers of my work that’s on the Net.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

Once I had a free Web site at Geo Cities. I put up a summary of my novel for children and a Download in Word. At that time I wasn’t very knowledgeable about HTLM coding. A woman in North Carolina emailed me that she had downloaded my story and read it to several children that she knew. She said they all liked it and kept asking her when there was going to be more.

She advised me to code the manuscript and put it on the Web site so people could read it on-line, as printing it off on 8.5 x 11 inch paper wasn’t convenient. When I told her that I didn’t know how to code it, she offered to do it for me at no charge. After that, Jason and the Kodikats was available on-line at Geo Cities.

I received more comments from people about the children’s novel. One comment was that it would be good to have it on a CD so that children could listen to it over and over. Eventually in 2004, I found time to record it as mp3 files. At that point I needed a new Web site and started the current www.arthur-james-fiction.com in March 2004.

I kept getting more positive comments from parents. Many burned the mp3 files to a CD. One father said his kids listened to the CD six times while they drove from LA to NYC.

At that point I decided it was time to put up my newer novels. A retired navy man in Long Beach really liked Hants. Quite a few people liked the Adams Sisters, including a woman who was born, raised and lived in Washington DC.

Once I had Wall Street Brokers up on the site, I cross referenced it on Wattpad. One person has made it their favorite novel there and the Class of 2013 has adopted the story as their story.

In January 2013 I stated a Twitter account to promote the Web site. It has picked up 903 hits in the first 12 days of the New Year. Since March 2004 the site has received 77,542 hits.

Tell us about your book (s)

 Wall Street Brokers © 2009

Follow the rise and fall of Long Islander, Richard Cory, as he takes his brokerage firm up onto the New York Stock Exchange and then becomes the target of a hostile takeover. The dramatic action weaves in and out of his interacting with his wife Natalie and their children, with professional colleagues and with the communities in which he lives. There’s lots of surprise, suspense, romance and a happy ending!

 The Adams Sisters © 2005

This is a love story about a young African American woman who is a medical student at Georgetown University and her sister who works for the State Dept. in DC.

 Jason and the Kodikats © 1995

This is a children’s novel about a young boy from Seattle who is living with his parents and his skateboard, in Anchorage, Alaska. One day Jason befriends an old hobo, who gives him a small glass paper weight that is filled with water and snowflakes. When he shakes up the globe, a snow squall comes swirling out of it. He finds himself in the realm of the Kodikats. They are the little people who live in Alaska.

During his adventures with the Kodikats, the boy makes several good friends, learns many neat things, builds a balloon and flies over Mount McKinley, on his way to winter’s kingdom. He battles with winter’s assistants, Wind & Frost, is taken prisoner and then helps a beautiful blond Kodikat named, Willow, to escape

 Hants © 1993

This novel is for retro buffs and is set in twentieth century New England. It’s a story of a friendship between Grant Austin, a third generation New Hampshire man from the countryside and Julia Sylvester, the daughter of a small town doctor. The couple meets at work, when Grant returns to Nashua, after years of absence. A love triangle begins between Julia, an up and coming local lawyer and her new boss. The farm boy, who became an engineer, wins.

The reader is treated to a rare love, which metamorphoses across half a century and conquers even life’s cruelest blow.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

Inspiration for each one of these stories has come from a strong desire to do something because I want to do it. So many things that we do are a job or something we do for someone else. I have control inside the stories.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

I like all my main characters. They are respectable people who do good. In addition, they all strive for personal and professional development with the constraints that life imposes on them.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Jason and the Kodikats has the story recorded on mp3 files. They can be listened to on-line or downloaded and burned to a CD.

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Thank you so very much for your time Arthur! 🙂 You can read all of his books on his website!

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