Interview with James W. Nelson

What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers. I like the feeling of intensity during those moments/seconds just before Truth!
Nature stories, from nonfiction authors like Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, and the National Geographic, and especially the fictional stories by Sally Carrighar.
(I know. I'm still living in the sixties.)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Easy to answer. All I have is my trusty laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A storybook farm provided my home. "Storybook?" Yes, that farm had everything: milk cows; we milked eight by hand, separated the cream--which we sold--had our own supply of raw milk, and the left over milk we fed to our growing calves, our many cats, our dog, and if "still" some left over the hogs got it. One year I had four orphaned lambs which I fed milk by bottle. (Just so you know, they all wanted to be fed at the same time.) In the early years we had a team of draft horses (Dixie and Daisy) and later a friend's retired horse, a bay named "Silver."
I also had a pet rooster, "Makoos," and a brown pigeon. It had a name but I've forgotten. I also had a galvanized wash tub I filled with water for tadpoles, snails, and whatever other water creatures I could find, including a tiger salamander which I soon discovered was quite the predator.
When did you first start writing?
The first was during my four years in the submarine navy (1962-1967.) I kept a sparse journal that I haven't looked at since then. Maybe will one of these days. The first book I read was "The Chisel-toothed Tribe" a book about rodents which continued my love of nature. I know I read other books much earlier, but that's the first I remember.
My family experienced a killer tornado in 1955. When I got out of the navy I interviewed my family and wrote a first-person human interest story which my local newspaper paid me $75. My very first sale! Later a reprint sold to the main state magazine, North Dakota Horizons. They paid me too, a little more.
I began writing in earnest then, all fiction, but the next payment wouldn't come until 2008, when I finally got a laptop and the internet. But during those non-selling years I produced 3 novels, all of which I will be listing here at Smashwords once their term is up at Amazon. They are "The Bellwether" "Winter in July"--oh, and I guess the third one (much revised and edited endlessly) is already here: "Pharmacological Research Gone Berserk"
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work is Book 5 of "Daughters" my human trafficking series, subtitle "Sorority Animal House."
You might wonder why I would include a sorority in a human trafficking series. Sorry, you would have to read the book to find out. It's fiction, but based on deep and dark sorority hazing. It will be almost 3 months before it'll be available at Smashwords.
I didn't just one day decide to start writing about human sex trafficking. Believe me, it's an unpleasant subject, and the stories that reach the mass media are...well, i won't say they are tame...I guess I will just say the stories don't reach mass media nearly enough.
No, I didn't just decide. A young girl I cared about ran away at one point in her growing up, but came back. When I learned about it I wondered, "What if she hadn't come back? What might have happened to her?"
So began my series and endless research.
Emma is the name of the main character introduced at age 18 in Book 1, and remains the main character throughout.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Again, an easy answer. Hundreds of form-rejections from bonafide publishers and magazines.
As Mark Coker said in one of the videos I watched (all 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 21 seconds) something like "...the publishers had all the power. they controlled who got published and, more importantly, what the public was, basically, allowed to read..." Those are not his exact words but something like that.
Anyway, that's no longer the case. Anybody can now write and anybody can publish. (Of course it isn't "quite" that easy, but it can be done.)
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Again an easy answer. I'm just starting with Smashwords but I'm sure they will contribute, just as I hope to contribute to them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Again, an easy answer. My joy comes from seeing a good review and actually hearing from a reader.
There's also plenty of joy in uploading a new book, seeing its fruition.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Hearing from them is great...and I always answer.
What are you working on next?
Presently I'm working on a true story. Interviewing a human sex trafficking victim by email. I'm thinking of including it in my "Daughters" series even though it is not fiction. It would be Book 6.
Also "thinking" about Book 7.
Also thinking about adding Book 4 to my other series, "New World Order Rising."
There is no limit to the subjects one can write about, and I believe the field is wide open for new writers to try their hand.
Published 2015-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Daughters Book 7 Emma Goes to the UK
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,890. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
There is no good ending for this story. (This is fiction.) For the people of the UK, the only good ending is a mass deportation of the massive Islamic invasion. or a more accurate word: hijrah: mass immigration which becomes an invasion. Muslims are allowed 4 wives. With runaway child-production by Muslims, in one generation the Muslims could begin changing the rules, meaning the end of the UK.
America Gets Her First Woman President
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,020. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Somehow I suspect most other countries do NOT understand the patriotism of Americans...they also don't understand why we love our guns. The Founding Fathers, that heaven-sent group of men who decided to stand up to the king of England knew very well the importance of guns for civilians, and made it the 2ND Amendment to our Constitution..."...the right of the people to keep and bear arms..."
New World Order Rising Book 5 "...To Save The World...."
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,100. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The 5-state coalition (ND, SD, MT, WY, ID) continue to keep a portion of America free, but the borders are quite porous. In bk4 the muslims and UN joined the super soldiers in the fight. The UN, plenty of soldiers but poor fighters. The local militia's headquarters is a well-stocked farm. Jocelyn assumed command in bk4 but is killed in bk5, leaving Dodie to carry on in bk6, ending the series.
Waiting to Die The Coming Unstoppable Pandemic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
25-year army vet, Derek Whitfield, has experienced intense training, much combat, and has never backed away from a fight, including his many female lovers. Until now all his "end of life" clients have been men, as he requested. Susannah Brite will be his first female client. Upon seeing the dying beauty, shallow breathing hits him, as if he's about to experience combat.
New World Order Rising Book 4 United Nations Arriving (Islam Joins the Fight)
Series: New World Order Rising (Book 1) The Abduction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,260. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jocelyn, introduced in Book 1 as a seven-year-old, ten years later has grown into a warrior leading a North Dakota militia, helping to repel everything the elitist new world order-Illuminati -open borders-one world government-cartel can throw against the five-state coalition of Free America.
Daughters Book 6 She Went Back (Some Do)
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,520. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Book 6 is based on a 30-minute video where a very small girl (underage? I don't know) was trained by an older woman. In that video she was never abused, but her face told me she had stepped into that lair--one very gentle step at a time--unknowing of what was waiting for her. I remember very clearly the older woman saying, "You don't have to do anything you don't want to do." So why did she stay?
Daughters Book 5 Sorority Animal House
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,990. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A young woman “Little” (Brandi) says “No!” to the sorority’s brutal initiation rites, starts to leave, would have been stopped and forced, but her big sister “Big” (Arianna) has a change of heart and comes to her rescue. In Bk 5, Emma graduates and has partnered with attorney, Jacey Wendell. Together they specialize in human trafficking cases, where the sorority girls go for help.
Daughters Book 4 The Little Girl From Down the Street
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,600. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Fayanne doesn’t smile much. At nine she’s losing her mom to Alzheimer’s. She’s too young to understand what it means when her mom gets that funny look in her eyes and then sometimes acts like she doesn’t even know her…but the worst is what her mom’s boyfriend does to her at night. She wonders if what he does is right, and good, and should she like it? She has questions but nobody to ask.
Daughters Book 3 The Lure of Pornography
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,650. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One of Emma's college mentors has seen a blog post, knows her plans, contacts her about going undercover into the dark world of pornography. It’s legal, but an online blogger has stumbled onto a website showing brutal training methods and has posted a description for the whole world to see. It’s pretty clear he thinks the girls in the short clips are underage, which would make "this" site illegal.
Daughters Book 2 Emma Gets Payback
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Six months of emotional renewal have gone by. Emma and new best friend, Alexis, leave the safety of Abundance, Montana, and the home of her foster father, Bailey Forbes, to head 200 miles back out into the cold world. But the University of Montana, Wyman, should be safe. After all, it's a university, with campus police, professors, and many other adults to look after the new students.
Daughters Book 1 The Heartbreak of Human Trafficking
Series: Daughters. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,360. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Emma, 18, begins the series, remains the main character throughout. Book 1 she is abducted and forced into prostitution. Book 2 she goes to college to study social work, criminal justice, a night course for Taekwondo. Book 3 she interrupts schooling to help take down a porno ring brutalizing underage girls. Book 4 she rescues a 9-year-old. Book 5 she takes on sorority hazing. Book 6 being written.
New World Order Rising Book 3 (the Next Generation Fights On)
Series: New World Order Rising (Book 1) The Abduction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,600. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Ten years pass. Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn, always battle-ready, is now staunch at Carter’s side as his aid and lieutenant. Sixteen-year-old Dodie escapes her abductors, fights her way across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, occupied America, and returns to North Dakota to reclaim her birthright, join in the fight, and is not too pleased about Jocelyn’s position with her mom and grandpa
New World Order Rising (Book 2) The New Civil War
Series: New World Order Rising (Book 1) The Abduction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,860. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The New Civil War (52,000 words) Carter and his load of young girls rescued from the Satanist Illuminati (while avoiding the black-uniformed police) takes two weeks getting home from Kansas to his sister’s farm, discovers she is militia leader of southeastern North Dakota, and learns North Dakota is the front line of resistance, among a group of states west of Interstate 29.
New World Order Rising (Book 1) The Abduction
Series: New World Order Rising (Book 1) The Abduction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,550. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Something (maybe a lot) is going on behind the scenes, folks, way beyond our view The Main Stream Media tells us basically nothing. MSM, likely, has been told what to report and what NOT to report. I began this 6-book fictional series back in 2012, after o got re-elected, and have watched events escalate nearly beyond belief, to where fiction is beginning to look a lot like fact.
The One Who Loves Me
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 03, 2020!) Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Amanda knows who she should go live with, but who listens to a six-year-old child?
Winter in July (The Doomsday Clock is Ticking; it Will Reach Midnight)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,000. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Kirby Yates, 40, meets Lisa, the woman of his dreams. She's a firebrand when it comes to preventing nuclear war. She and Kirby meet and immediately are in conflict. His job requires him to be "somewhat" pro-nuclear, a fact he doesn't share with Lisa. She gets the job of curator at his hometown underground museum, which in truth is a monstrous bomb shelter. Conflict of interest would cost her job.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Imagine remembering dying by hanging, guillotine, firing squad, electrocution, drugs, and even being beat to death. You feel the fear but there's no pain, nothing, the lights just go off. You shake your head and deny the memories are yours. You're right, they are not, not in this life. They are deja vu from your many, many, pasts. You are seeing yourself being executed, over, and over, and over.
Pharmacological Research Gone Berserk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,190. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shea McTory, 31, homeless, volunteers to be locked up six months for a human nutrition research study. He stumbles onto possible illegal and maybe dangerous research, must learn to deal with nine other volunteers—one a psychopath—and—the good part—meets the love of his life.