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Chris James is a 40-something writer who has so far published two full-length Science Fiction novels, and is currently writing his third. His writing schedule extends to his next three full-length novels and beyond. In his spare time he tries comedy: so far he has written and published a comedy/picture book called The B Team and Me, or How five adorable puppies nearly ruined my life, and has written one feature-length rom-com screenplay, called The Renewable Assignment.
In addition, Chris is proud to be a regular contributing columnist for Indies Unlimited, an outstanding and high-profile site dedicated to supporting Independent Authors, and here on his own blog he is given to venting by writing articles and columns that strike a chord with him and, hopefully, his readers. Chris enjoys interacting with his readers. Around this site you can find video journals and Keeks (short videos), and, on any article or other post, you can leave a comment – Chris would be delighted to hear your opinion.
Chris lives in an agreeably anonymous – and nicely forested – suburb of Warsaw, Poland, with his wife and three children; so if he does offend anyone, he can be reasonably sure of remaining unfound.
on Aug. 03, 2013 :
The soundtracks to our lives not only provide background music to life events, they can also spur imagination of the highest order. How often do we listen to songs we love, wonder as to what the lyrics really mean, then just attach our own stories (really, our own fantasies) to those same songs?
Chris James has done that and oh, so much more. He's taken fan fiction to another level with this project. James has written original, imaginative short stories using the exhilarating, fantastical songs of his favourite rock band, the incomparable Genesis, as inspiration.
Let's be clear here. He hasn't quoted the lyrics directly. He's used the songs as springboard into his own, well-woven stories.
There is a range - an eclectic mix. At first I wondered if all of the stories should have been forced into a theme. But, that would have been so wrong. The common denominator of Genesis band inspiration is enough of a theme. Chris takes his stories into everyday lives, into the future and into fantasy; this mix is another strength of this collection.
I am really looking forward to reading more of his creative noodling and hope more volumes of this "new kind of fan fiction" will be forthcoming soon. Such creativity and excellent writing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)