Interview with James E. Bender

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well.... Now since this project is completed, I am trying to invent a new fly for larger Pike/Musky. Trial and error...mad scientist stuff. I think I am pretty close... but.. you need a buyer for your product and that's marketing.
What are you working on next?
I'll stay with the mining sector. Maybe a subject on past ghost towns that have abandon mines with a history. Some type of witch spells cast upon the area to stop future miners from entering the closed mines.
Have you been to Bolivia?
I actually traveled to Bolivia stayed for one week. Met the management, a few shareholders, the mine site, and the corporate offices in La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivian people are very hard working individuals.
How do you approach cover design?
When I started to think of a cover design, I viewed Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords market videos, on YouTube again and again...to have a professional looking cover design that saids "WOW"
Same concept of creating a movie poster. Your senses grab you at first sight of what this movie is about. Hopefully I captured that with the cover. My sister created the cover.. so big kudos to her. The picture was taken about 5,000 feet above sea level as we enter the jungle.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I would say .. the first thought was when I was actually began tracking this gold exploration company. So many twists and turns for Golden Eagle International to get their gold project underway. I just had a feeling this might make a good story.
How many years did you track this company?
Twelve years of data gathered in four large storage tubes. At least ten toner cartridges and couple cases of copy paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In first grade I wrote a story about "Billy the Brownie" The story is about an elf that helps Santa.. Not sure if my mom still has it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was on a ten minute break at the post office and one of my co-workers gave me the Money section from the USA Today Newspaper. Back in 1998 tech stocks were flying. I checked the stocks to pass the time. On the front page was this story of a large gold deposit found in the jungle of Bolivia by this company with no corporate offices. Only one operating cell phone as the Investor Relations person took calls while running her art store called the Cricket Thicket in Denver Colorado. I started to track the company on Ragingbull.com.
Did you have to get vaccination to enter the country of Bolivia?
Oh, yes! Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, and Yellow Fever shot. I had to carry this International Certificate of Vaccination Card with my passport to enter Bolivia as they checked to see if I had all the required shots.
When you left the snow covered mountains of the Andes what was the feeling as you enter jungle of Bolivia?
When we drove through the Andes Mountains snow was in the air and in the distance you could see a large herd of llamas. Llamas are treated just like cattle here in the United States. The entrance to the jungle is a single road known as Yungas Road or to locals the "Road of Death" Every year people are killed going over the side of the mountain. Any large truck or bus coming down the mountain has the right of way. You...need to position your car or truck as close to the right side of the mountain for on coming traffic to pass.

Once we entered the jungle you could see a few Andean condors in the sky. It was so green there it reminded me of the movie "Jurassic Park."
What is your writing process?
My process usually takes a good hour of procrastination.Get home.Take a shower. Eat dinner. Once I type a few words. I am in for an easy four hours. If I have a long day due to weather or heavy mail volume, there's no reason to sit and stare at a computer screen.
Published 2017-02-08.
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Books by This Author

Cangalli: An American Company Searches for an Ancient River of Gold
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,230. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » South American, Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries
Gold mining had been going on for four hundred years in an area known as the Tipuani Gold District of Bolivia. One small gold company from Denver, was convinced that their 5,000 acre site held evidence of an ancient river system. Modern technology of today was able to capture these small particles of gold. True story recorder by the author and later became a shareholder.