Wilson James was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives on the coast in northern California. He has worked in, on, and around the water, and loves to travel. He claims to be a sailor in addition to identifying himself as an author of adult and young adult fiction.
The stories of Wilson James mostly target Young Adults, and describe adventures about family, loyalty, honor, tenacity and courage with various backdrops including sailing, aquatics, downhill skiing, international competition, and success at young ages, set in Europe and North America.
As Wilson says, his books are about empowering youth. “If my stories help young people, by giving examples of kids persevering in difficult situations, then I will be very satisfied. If my stories help young people overcome their own challenges, and perhaps find some inspiration, then I will be happy. If my stories help young people find the tenacity and courage to succeed in their own lives, then I will be very pleased. If my stories help achieve some better understanding among friends and families, then I will consider myself fulfilled.”
Wilson describes the ultimate reward for writing. “If even one young person finds some example in one of my books that he or she can use in their own life, then I will consider that every moment I spent writing those books was the best possible way to spend that time.”
His YA fiction book A FAMILY LEGACY: THE WATSON WORKS made it into the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Another of his titles, PLAYING THE BASEBALL CARD, has been reviewed as a "Great Book" and "Very Inspiring" and "In my 53 years of living this may be one of the most emotional books I personally have read", and for more than a year maintained an overall sales rank well into the top 1% at Barnes and Noble as the top fiction 'Baseball' book.
He has a number of titles available in print and as multi-format eBooks at Smashwords and other major eBook retailers. One of his books, SONS and BROTHERS in SEATTLE, made it to the top of the Best Sellers list for Adult Drama fiction. He is also proud to say that two of his titles have made it to the top of the YA Best Seller lists at Smashwords. One of those titles, ROBERT's RIDE, made it to #1 only 6 weeks after being published. The other top title, SONS and BROTHERS in SEATTLE, sat in the #1 spot for two weeks before being pushed back into the number two spot by ROBERT’S RIDE.
To contact Wilson directly, email wil.james (at) live.com
For details of all his titles, including where to find his books, and occasional promotional e-coupons for his eBooks, and information on works in progress, visit his blog, at http://wilsonjamesauthor.blogspot.com/
Where to find Wilson James online
Where to buy in print
Zac and the Reluctant Prince, Book 1 of Prince David series
by Wilson James
David is suddenly the royal heir, and is now also an orphan. Those two huge problems confront teenager Zach and his family, who simply want to protect David and help the younger boy deal with his destiny. They all want to be normal teenagers, but their new roles might make that impossible. A contemporary story about keeping friendships, seeking adventure, overcoming challenges, and making history.
Aiden's Arrival: Honor Before Gold
by Wilson James
Dreams of another life; or reality? Aiden struggles to honor the legacy of his very young physical self, while dealing with memories of a tragedy that seem impossible to reconcile. At the same time, Aiden has been thrust into a public role in the Winter Games with extraordinary expectations for any boy his age. What challenges must Aiden confront? Can Aiden find the courage to meet this reality?
by Wilson James
Born in a small town in rural Georgia, Robert is placed in a foster home after being orphaned at five. After too long, he is finally one of the lucky ones. He struggles to make sure his new adoptive mother likes him and wants to keep him, in spite of the fact that she really has no idea what to do with a child. Robert desperately tries to figure out to read her and please her. Can it work out?
Playing the Baseball Card
by Wilson James
A story about personal courage and determination. Devin’s mother died six years ago, and he helps look after his younger brother while their father works as a baseball pitcher trying to make it into the major leagues. Just when it seems that things are looking better, tragedy strikes again. Now, it’s all up to the young teen as he tries to make it work for what’s left of his small family.
A Family Legacy: The Watson Works
by Wilson James
Another tragedy has struck the Watson family and now the only thing left is the family business. Connor, the younger of the teen brothers, must try to make the tough decisions that will keep things going. Can Connor deal with his profound loss and prevent a similar tragedy when he has the chance? Can he find happiness and make a new family? Join Connor in this story of adventure and courage.
Sons and Brothers in Seattle
by Wilson James
Cameron Connors is a young father trying to deal with a mother who has treated her sons terribly. He’s managed to get his own two young sons away from his mother, but now needs to rescue Brendan, his younger brother. He has a very risky plan to challenge his parents for custody of Brendan. The stakes are high, and Cameron might just lose custody of his own two sons. *Extra chapters from sequel.
Playing the 'Son' Card
by Wilson James
Troy lost his father at age 9. Ever since then, he’s been steadily losing confidence in himself and his ability to make his way in the world. Troy is increasingly the target of bullies at school and he’s just hanging on. He hates school and socializing has become torture. Now age 12, he has one chance to change his life and start new. Will he meet the challenge or will he remain a victim?
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Smashwords book reviews by Wilson James
- Smashwords Style Guide
on Dec. 30, 2009
I am finding the “The Smashwords Style Guide” very useful. In fact, I could not have published my Smashwords ebooks without it.
Although I have been a ‘Word’ user for years, I learned some new things, such as the ‘show/hide’ feature. I also like that the book shows the easiest way to do formatting tasks, including the direction to reduce the whole file to its simplest form as a ‘txt’ file to get rid of all the bad formatting that has crept into the document; and only then re-save it in ‘Word’ and add the little bit of necessary formatting.
In short, I like the idea and the implementation of Smashwords. This book helps us authors with necessary information and it is a great addition to the overall helpfulness of your site. Please accept my thanks.
- Kendall's Storm
on May 18, 2010
It was a good thing I started reading this book on a Sunday morning, because once I started I could not stop. This narrative absolutely kept me riveted right to the end. "Kendall’s Storm" was truly a great read, even as it kept me on the edge of my seat and took me places I didn’t always want to go.
This book may be fiction, but it has a sincerity and ring of truth throughout. Through the characters’ eyes and personal experiences, one learns (again) just how badly we, as a society, treat our youngest and weakest members. Through the empathetic storytelling of Janet Muirhead Hill, we also experience a coming of age with the certainty that love, affection and attention can make a profound and positive difference in a child’s life.
This was a wonderful, thought-provoking, and intense book, and I sincerely recommend it.
- Footsteps in Time: A Time Travel Fantasy
on Feb. 14, 2011
Honor. That’s a word not often used today, in 2011. Honor, however, was one of the only things that American teenagers David and Anna took with them in their time travel to medieval Wales. Honor also describes the way in which Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd lived his life as the ruler of Wales in 1282.
The best way to describe FOOTSTEPS IN TIME? An amazing tale of adventure, daring exploits, loyalty, and courage all wrapped up in a time travel young adult fiction story. This book was enjoyable from beginning to end, as it has plenty of action mixed with a truly remarkable degree of realism of life in 13th century Wales.
Based upon actual events, the premise for FOOTSTEPS IN TIME is based upon the question, “What would have happened if Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales, had not died in December 1282?”
This account weaves a remarkable narrative as it follows teen siblings David and Anna in their attempts to cope on their own in a society where it appears the most advanced technology is how to make a high-quality sword.
Authors generally do best if they write what they know. There is no question that author Sarah Woodbury knows the times of Edward I of England and Llywelyn, Prince of Wales, from what undoubtedly must have been a lot of research. What’s more, FOOTSTEPS IN TIME is a very solid and well-written fiction story, with well-developed characters along with vivid descriptions that put the reader right into the action.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I’m eager to read the next in the saga (Prince of Time). This is truly a great story, for Young Adults, or for anyone.