Jame T. Stewart here is the author of King of a Thousand Suns, why don’t you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve loved reading ever since I was a small child. My mother was a retired teacher and I was reading at a 3rd grade level when I began first grade. The “Wizard of Oz” was the 2nd movie I ever saw, age 4. In the second grade my class took a trip to the local library. They had ALL the Oz books. I checked out and read them ALL from September through mid December, i.e., before Christmas because my parents bought me the first 10 books for a Christmas present. I read them all many times. (I could tell those by L. Frank Baum were better than those with other authors. I decided I would like to be a writer some day.)
How did you go about getting published?
I met a lady on “Books and Writers” who had a publisher and she gave me an introduction. The book I sold the rights to is still being published by the new owners of the rights and it is now selling for over $200/copy.
What is your writing process?
I’m presently pretty much disgusted with writing. I thought my book would have sold better. I used to work 60 hours/week in a law office and began writing my SciFi book after a dream I had in the Air Force while stationed in Germany in 1971. I dreamed about a leave I planned going back to the U.S. and deer hunting in Northern California. I didn’t get a deer in my dream and also in real life. I made notes after I awoke and later while hunting, sitting still, hoping to see a legal buck. I didn’t. (See the blurb on my back cover.)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I was a senior claim supervisor when I left “The Hartford” to work in the Law Office as a legal assistant. I have read many thousands of SciFi books, but not so many since I retired. I’m living near where I grew up in Northern California. My wife and I bought a house here a few years ago and after she retired, we moved here to “Shelter Cove,” on “The Lost Coast.” Our house faces the Pacific Ocean. It is about 200 yards west of us with waves breaking on rocks. We overlook a golf course which surrounds an airport runway. Beyond that are houses and then the Pacific. I don’t have to water our lawn because there is a “spring” which runs along the north side of our property and water runs under the grass and then to a small ditch which runs in front of our house. We have a golden retriever, Molly, whom I walk at least twice a day. My wife walks her as well, and she sleeps with us, as does our cat, ” Cali.”
Sounds like a nice relaxing life. Happen to have a favorite animal?
The several dogs I have owned, beginning with “Sadie,” my first when I was 4 years old.
Do you have a favorite myth? If so, tell us about it.
The “Trojan Horse,” except I’m convinced it is based on history, which no doubt became enhanced a little each time the story was told! I’m thinking here of the party game where a circle is formed and a very short 2 or 3 sentence story is begun at one point and each person in turn around the circle has to try to tell the same story to the next person but as the story goes around the room in whispers, it changes until it is no longer recognizable.
I am inclined to agree with you on that one. Though it is based on some form of truth, it has been embellished as all good tales have been. One last question before you go, what are you reading now?
I read a lot of posts online and make a few. It is time for me to re-read “The Source” by James A. Mitchner again. I have re-read it every 4 – 5 years ever since it was first pubished in 1965. My reading has greatly diminished the last few years. I go to the library every other week or so. Scalzi is my current favorite author.