James Stubbs

Biography

So I finally finished "Kraken" and I have to say that it was the hardest thing I have ever written. I've never done anything in 1st person before so enjoyed the challenge of that. It is also, in no way, the book that I started writing. It, in all honesty, was originally inspired by the likes of Tomb Raider Video Games and was supposed to be a long epic journey kind of book, with the hero sailing off into the night with a beer or something. But I just wrote, every day, and treated it sort of like a Diary. I made sure to never look over it until it was finished so it evolved and changed all of the time. I usually write to plan, but thought this might be something new, and I really liked it. The book, quite accidentally, charted my transition from one career into another, my marriage and some other life events were painted in there in the strangest possible ways I could never have possibly imagined at the start. A lot of me is in there. A lot of heart and soul went into and I never meant for that to happen. I'll give that kind of writing a break for a while, but I will definitely use the strategy again next time I need a bit of inspiration.

So this has been my first year on writing in the Indie scene. I'd just like to thank everyone who downloaded a copy of either of my first three books, and for some kind words too. I will be continuing to write into 2015 and am quite happy to see where the spirit takes me with it. I write for pleasure first and everything else second. So I'm just going to see where it goes and write whatever turns out to be close at heart. All the best everyone and best of luck and success to every author on Smash.

I'm planning my next title at the moment but, despite wanting something more relaxing after "Kraken", I think this is going to be bigger, hopefully better, and certainly harder to do. The working title is "Raven Blade", and all I'll say for now is expect more macabre horror, Gothic chills and psychological intrigue.

Instead of working on that over the holidays, I decided to give my first love "Reggie" one more polish. It was the first thing I'd ever written for a published market, and as all authors know, nothing is ever finished. I always felt it needed another look over to clean up some of the clumsy grammar and silly typing mistakes you simply lose the ability to spot after so many read-through's. I also looked to solve some daft continuity errors and other such things. You live and learn in writing I suppose as you do in all other walks of life. So there is "Reggie" in the best form I can present it at this time, still flawed I have no doubt, but a testament to a true labor of love, and the start of a beautiful new life of writing for me, one I hope will continue for many years.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Sit down, throw up the words on a page via Microsoft Word until you have no more energy left to write. Do the same the next day. Keep doing it until the story you want to tell is out. Go climbing and think about anything I have messed up or about anything I could add or should take away. Leave it alone for a few weeks in case my imagination dreams up anything that I should have put in there, be it people, themes or circumstances. Then edit it slowly and painfully with as much discipline as you have before giving it to some trusted beta testers.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I have a couch and I have a third hand laptop, which I owe to my generous father, and I balance the laptop on the arm under a book. I have a USB keyboard because I can't stand typing on a lap top keyboard, a cushion to balance the keyboard on, and a cat permanently residing on my knee as I attempt to write. Desks suck.
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Where to find James Stubbs online


Books

Kraken Orbital
Price: Free! Words: 79,870. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
I don’t even remember hitting the ground. I remember the hyper drive cutting out and I remember the jet engines failing as I tried to land this old crate. But I don’t remember the damn thing hitting the surface of the planet. I suppose that’s what I get for stealing it in the first place. But I just couldn’t work for those jerks for another second.
The First Zombie
Price: Free! Words: 9,660. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A short story about the first zombie, who had not realized his own death. Join Dave on his journey from life and into death.
Reggie
Price: Free! Words: 76,430. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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The Final Cut. James Logan wants to save the world but can't. General John Cygan wants to burn it and can. Two friends are thrown onto the opposite sides of a war until brilliant scientist Abe Priest finds a way to end the zombie outbreak once and for all.

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