MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR E.H. JAMES♥️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Under the pseudonym E. H. James, I write horror, paranormal, sci-fi, thriller, and fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The book that’s being published now is called The Demon Series. This started as a short story about a teen named Max Jensen, in 1962. He was bullied into entering an abandoned house that used to belong to a now dead serial killer. Thing is there is a story going around that the serial killer returns on the night of his execution to the place where he buried the bodies in his cellar. Max is tasked with obtaining a flake of blood from the inside of the cellar door.
Originally, this was just a story that came to me, and I sat down and wrote it in one day. It was a standalone story. There was never any intention of making it into a series. Sometime later, another idea came to me, and I wrote a follow up story that took place fifty years later in the same house.
Then after a time I had an idea for three more parts, and I wrote those. This was to complete a story that started in 1962 and expanded into other realms and dimensions, and spanned over centuries. The storyline took on a completely different feel to it. The original story was now a part of something so much bigger and powerful.
During the editing process to release part one, I came up with the idea for two more parts. I decided to tell the story of a character mentioned only briefly, but who played an important part in the story as a whole. The other story was to expand on one of the previously introduced characters. This would explain who she was, where she came from, and how she came to be what she was and where she was.
I then realized there was one more character that needed his story told, and I wrote part eight about Max Jensen’s little brother Timmy. What happened to him, and how he came to be an important part of the series.
The Demon Series Compendium consists of all eight parts, told from different perspectives at different points in time. All the characters’ stories are connected. Each plays an important part in what brings this story to a conclusion.
At the time of writing this, I have one more part I will write. This will tell the origins of how the whole story came into being in the first place.
As for where my ideas come from…they literally appear out of thin air. They just pop into my head, or I sit down and start to think and the ideas start to flow and evolve and develop into more and more complex stories.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal. All my stories have something paranormal in them, whether ghosts or angels, or demons, reincarnation, time travel and so on. My interest in this realm is what draws me to put it in all my writing. I can’t explain why, although I have experienced many unexplained occurrences first hand. Perhaps that also has something to do with it. You’d be surprised how much of my stories are true.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
As this is fiction, and I am literally making the story up, not much research was required. I do want to try to get my facts as accurate as possible though, so I will research little things, like what states have the death penalty, when they had it, do they still have it, how where they executed in a certain decade, terminology of a specific decade and so on.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
That’s like asking a mother which is her favourite child. I have a fondness for part six, Nicholas: Lost Innocence. But I also have a fondness for part seven and eight and…well I think you get the idea.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Any time I write a story, I never have any plans to make it into a series, and yet I keep doing that very thing. For some reason, when I create characters and a storyline, I find myself coming up with stories and build on what’s come before. The characters are taken to new realms and/or dimensions. Their relationships are deepened.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
When I am in what I call a zone, I write from the moment I wake up until I can’t stay awake anymore. I can’t wait to find out what will happen next, what places will my characters take me, what will they say or do next. That may sound strange, but you’d be amazed at how much my characters decide what will happen. To me, it’s like reading someone else’s book. I never know what they are going to say or do until the moment I am writing it. There will be times when I gasp or burst out laughing at all the unexpected comments that come out of my characters’ mouths.
I have to be in the mood to write to really get into a zone that lasts weeks. I can sit down and write any time, but I am not always in the mood. When I’m not in the mood, I will focus on promotion or editing.
I have set a writing plan before. I decided I would write a 100K book in one month. So I set myself an easy goal of 3,333 words a day. I usually always exceeded this by thousands of words and would complete my book sooner. The story decides how long it will be. You never want to force the word count with filler ever. Once you have your first draft, you will most likely whittle that back by several thousand in the editing process as you hone the story.
If I have a couple of weeks open, and I have a book I’d like to write, and I do nothing else, I can finish it in that time. I usually write around 6K in a day, but if I really push it I can do 8-9K in a day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have many. I must have over fifty outlines for novels waiting to be written. But the thing is I keep coming up with new ones, and I tend to jump on those as they are so clear in my mind in the moment I need to get them down.
I have a series called The Darkening, consisting of three parts, where the characters are forced to travel down into the depths of hell to try and correct a timeline and rescue those trapped in a time loop.
I have another five part series with a working title End of the Road. In this series you have shape-shifters, dimension jumpers, immortals, and alien species.
Another is called The Crossing, which deals with angels and demons and doors opening to allows evil to pass through. I just wrote a part two to this, and have an idea for a part three.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The name has to sound right for the character, in my head. It has to feel right. But yes, I try to create names that suit a creature or character. If they are evil, I will try to come up with darker sounding names, and so on.
Is there a genre that you’ve wanted to experiment with?
I’ve written in a number of genres. Under another pseudonym I write paranormal romance and paranormal regency. I started a medieval fantasy with dragons and wizards and the like, which I need to finish. Other than that…if it’s not something I have a passion for, then I won’t touch it. It would be like entering foreign territory for me and I don’t think I’d be able to pull it off.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
A well done trailer can do so much for a book. I have created trailers, chose my images and music and template carefully, and sometimes I am more thrilled with the results than I expected to be. It helps the reader to see a mini movie version of your book in blurb format. I’ll attach one for The Demon Series, and you can see what I am talking about.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, I would have to say it’s when a reader tells you how much they enjoyed your book, or that your books have changed their lives. That it made them laugh or cry or frustrated them to no end. There is no greater compliment to my craft than that, I would have to say.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, since grade school. I’ve always had a knack for it, and felt drawn to create stories. I’ve also had numerous poems published in anthologies over the years in the U.S., UK, Holland, and Canada.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
They’ve probably been told this numerous times, but it’s sound advice. Never give up! Keep honing your craft. Keep writing your stories and submitting them to publishers. If they give you helpful advice, take it and incorporate it into your writing. Join writers groups, study editing books, anything that will make your work the best it can be and keep submitting.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Writing in more than one genre isn’t difficult for me. My ideas go off in all directions. So whatever idea comes to mind in the moment, I will go with the flow and let the story take over.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. The act of creation is exhilarating and exciting in a way that takes you over, and you become immersed in the world and its characters. To you they are as if alive, and the world is real. You can see it. You can feel what the characters feel, their pain, their frustration, their happiness. And if you ever kill a character you literally grieve for their death. I know that sounds ridiculous, but to you, and hopefully to the readers, they have become alive.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
If you’re referring to something like writer’s block, I’ve never had it. I have more ideas that I can keep up with, and I can always write, even when I’m not in a creative mood.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I have a passion for. If I try to write what is popular, and I have no interest in that genre, then the story won’t feel real to the reader. One genre I would like to try, as it does come into the paranormal, is vampires. I know they’ve been done to death—pardon the pun. But there will always be a draw to these immortal creatures, especially when romance is thrown into the mix. There’s something alluring about them.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤
Thank you for having me.
A story that spans centuries all begins on a September night, in 1962, when Max Jensen steps into the cellar of Edward Starke, on the anniversary of the serial killer’s execution.
Setting into motion a series of events that will change history, it’s now up to Jesse Miller, together with an ex-priest, a reporter, a ghost, a high school buddy, and a demon-killing beast, to attempt to set the timeline back again.
Will they succeed, or will demons wipe humanity from the face of the planet?
*This book contains all eight parts of The Demon Series.
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E. H. James has always been fascinated by the unexplained. Wanting to delve deeper into the unknown, James has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years.
Taking those first hand experiences, involving the unexplained, James has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre.
James’ stories range from the paranormal and horror, to fantasy and science fiction, from short stories and novellas, to 100K+ novels.
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