I Am Honored to bring to Today's AUTHOR INTERVIEW, JAMES FLETCHER, Author of
"THREADS OF DECEPTION." He is one of our Talented Authors among us here at
1. Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Jim: I'd have to say it was around the time our mother would read to us at bedtime from the series
of OZ books. I wanted someone to read something I wrote to their kids one someday.
2. Geri: What type of books do you enjoy writing?
Jim: To be enjoyable for me, it would have to be what I enjoy reading, which is anything from
historical non-fiction to any fiction that takes me to other places.
3. Geri: Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer?
Jim: Oh yes...my mother. She wrote constantly. One of her books is in the second-grades
Dallas School system. She, and I were collaborating on a juicy murder mystery before she
died from cancer ten years ago. I promised her I would finish what we started.
4. Geri: How you written any books based on a true life story?
Jim: Not yet, but it will be about my mom, a true angel on earth.
5. Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Jim: Wilbur Smith, and Clive Cussler are great action, adventure writers. Charles Dickens, and
Alexander Dumas are my classical favorites.
6. Geri: Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from
Jim: My characters are an amalgamation of myself, and people I've known whose traits stood out
enough to be memorable. I never knew the Wicked Witch of the West, but I've known some
people that share her most memorable attributes.
7. Geri: How many books have you written?
Jim: One, I'm quite new at this business. I've had articles, and manuals published in trade
journals, regarding industry safety. I've been a writer in my head for almost fifty years, now I have
to make up for that lost time.
8. Geri: Where can your books be purchased?
Jim: Amazon, Barnesandnoble, and ALL the online stores. I don't think I'm in any bookstore
9. Geri: Describe how you felt the first time you were published?
Jim: I felt validated. After I finally received my copies of THREADS OFDECEPTION, I signed one
and gave it to my wife, Karen. She was so proud of me that we both got teary-eyed.
10. Geri: Do you have any current work in progress for a new release?
Jim: Yes! I've started on a sequel since I really enjoyed the characters in the first book. The
working title is "THE Texas-Alaska Connection."
11. Geri: What are some links to your websites?
12. Geri: Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing?
Jim: My ultimate goal is to get all the stories out of my head so that I can do things normal
people do...whatever that may be. Wait! On second thought, everything I see, or do has a
story to be told. I just thought of a story about doing Author Interviews.
13. Geri: At his point and time in your life, are you exactly where you wanted to be in your
Jim: Since I'm just starting out, I'm still ahead of my wildest dream of being a published author.
I want to get the next book out, before my dreams catch up.
14. Geri: In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of
Jim: I think articulating a goal, voicing it publicly to friends and family helps keep you
accountable to your commitment. That's what works for me, and keeps me focused, and on
track. I can live with letting myself down, but I can't abide letting someone else down.
15. Geri: As an author, have you ever experienced writer's block?
Jim: If writer's block is the same as stalling, and rationalizing that something other than writing
has a higher priority at the moment, then....Yes!
16. Geri: What advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block?
Jim: I think writer's block is a fact of an author's life, and one shouldn't spin his, or her wheels
trying to prevent it. I have two schools of thought on the subject. 1. Work through it, and hope
the block crumbles to dust as you struggle through the first couple of pages And 2...Take a
break, and refresh yourself. I use both techniques as my moods change from day-to-day with
regard to writing. I have learned that when I'm in the second through the fourth draft, I need to
be wide awake, and refreshed.
17. Geri: As a child, did you have any favorite books?
Jim: Oh Yeah! Comic Books! I think I learned to read from Superman, Batman, Archie,
Dennis The Menace, Casper And Wendy, and Richie Rich comics. Consequently, i did not
discourage my son from reading comics when he was at the age where all he could talk about
was Star Wars, and He-Man figures (batteries not included).
18. Geri: As a child, did you enjoy reading alot?
Jim: Very much so. I remember being forced to read Dickens' Great Expectations in school,
and actually enjoyed it very much. In eighth grade, I was assigned to do a book report on
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE. The next day in class, the teacher who I thought hated me
asked me why I wasn't reading my book in class, along with the other students. I told him I
finished it the night before. From that day on, he treated me with a certain amount of respect,
and I became an excellent student in all my classes, beginning that day.
19. Geri: If you had the opportunity to one day live the life of a famous author, who would it be?
Jim: Well...some day in the future, it will be James Fletcher. Until then, I'd trade a day with
20. Geri: Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction after publishing a book. Some feel a
sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings?
Jim: If you work hard at anything and succeed, then that sense of achievement is the proudest
moment of your life. As a writer, my first published novel was that crowning feeling of
accomplishment. If I was working hard at digging ditches, and dug the longest, and deepest
ditch, then I would feel the same satisfaction for a job well done.
21. Geri: How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing?
Jim: I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to write full-time. The only balancing I do is
making sure Karen receives as much attention from me as writing.
22. Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing, or the first time you signed one of
your published books?
Jim: I haven't done a book-signing yet. I've only signed one book, and that was a well earned
gift to my wife, Karen. I felt proud that I could give her something of me that represented my
love for writing as well as my love for her.
23. Geri: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career?
If so, how?
Jim: I would like to travel, and research various settings for future works.
24. Geri: As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published. then we learn the
meaning of promotions. What was the most difficult task?
Jim: Everything involving self-promotion is difficult for me. I'm basically a very private person,
and prefer to avoid the spotlight whenever possible. I am comfortable in my cloak of shyness,
and discarding that cloak to tell people about me, and my book does not come easy.
25. Geri: Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help them write those chapters for a
new release, some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers. Do you have any particular scenery?
Jim: First, I chose to have the government send me to Alaska to live. I always thought snowy
mountains, with large fir, and spruce trees would be an inspirational setting for me. Second, I
need background music (60s rock) to plunge me into the "Zone." The sounds of peace, and
quiet are deafening to me.
26. Geri: If you had books published in one genre such as horror, and became daring to
write a novel for a different genre, what would it be?
Jim: I think I would enjoy trying science-fiction. Anything involving time travel gets my heart
racing when I imagine the possibilities of visiting the past.
Geri: Thank you very much for your time. It has been a Great pleasure to get to know you
as an author here on WRDF. I am delighted to promote your work. The Best of luck in All
your writing endeavors!
Jim: Your welcome Geri. Thank you for the hard work you do to promote your fellow authors.