B. James Wilson

Biography

B. James Wilson is an author, artist, teacher and student of the Bible. He lives with his wife and family on Florida's East Coast, where he works and writes a wide variety of fiction.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?
I grew up in Miami, Florida where I developed a wild imagination and a love for boating. I spent a lot of time on Biscayne Bay, camping on the barrier islands, and also out on the edge of the everglades. When I was a senior in highschool, my family moved to the Space Coast of central Florida where I graduated from Satellite High. In that summer I joined the Navy to “see the world”. I did see a lot of it, including Viet Nam, but mostly from 19,000 feet up. It truly was an adventure, as advertised. It just wasn't the life for me.
When I left the Navy I returned to the Space Coast of Florida and took a job in manufacturing. After a couple of years I went to work in the space program, during the Apollo missions, over in Guam. My fiance quit her job in Florida to come to Guam, but the day before she was supposed to fly, I quit my job in Guam and flew home to Florida. Since we were both unemployed, we decided to get married. It was great fun, for a while, until we ran out of money, then we both went back to work in manufacturing. Thats how we made our living for the next forty years. The married part continues to be great fun.
We have two children. Our daughter has given us four wonderful grandchildren. Our son passed away within a week of his twenty first birthday; an automobile accident. So we are well aquainted with both joy and pain, not to mention hard work and struggle, along with much of the world.
When did you begin your writing career, and what got you started writing?
I've always had a powerful imagination and I've always been a pretty good liar, er, uh, story teller, I should say. It's a trait you develop as part of the “third child syndrome”, along with a reclusive nature. I got interested in reading as a teenager, and books like, “The Yearling”, by Marjorie Rawlings, “Old Yeller”, by Fred Gipson, and classics like, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “Great Expectations” by the great Charles Dickins, all reverberated in me. I just loved the way these authors painted pictures and new realities in my mind, using words on a page. I'm an artist, and this art struck a lasting chord with me.
Skipping ahead many years, our first child was on the way and something, I don't remember what, reminded me of a story I'd been told as a teenager in Miami. It was the story of a little known pirate who had sailed with the infamous Blackbeard after escaping the depravations of slavery. I was recently inspired in reading “Salem's Lot” by Stephen King and I determined to write a novel of the pirate story. I went down to W. T. Grant at the Melbourne shopping center. I bought a little Royal portable typewriter and started banging away. I learned that the craft was not so easy as it seemed and a thousand pages later, having no clue how the story should end, it became the first novel I never finished. Besides, we had a baby girl by then, and jobs. Life was good.
Now that I am retired my writing career begins, if it can be called a career. I've written and published two novels, “Kingdom of Light” and “The Sign of Jonah”. I'm working on a third, it's that pirate story I never finished telling, and I have begun two more, to be completed next year.
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Books

Kingdom of Light
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,440. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
Kingdom of Light is a compelling story of the dark forces that have shaped our world and influenced our lives from the very beginning. It is a story of ancient rebellion and war in which Mike Brennan, a New York City fireman, finds himself confronting a powerful evil on the morning of 9/11.
The Sign of Jonah
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,230. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
The story of a reluctant prophet's disobedience in the face of an omnipotent God's love for all mankind. The Sign of Jonah presents the Biblical message in the easily understood and entertaining format of a novel. It is an exciting and informative read.

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