Interview with James W Bancroft

Who are your favorite authors?
Fantasy writers, especially those with a zany or nonsensical theme, such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and the Monty Python Team.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Singing, and writing and listening to music.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I started was Timewater Bridge, which has become 'Axitoria: The Land Beyond the Glade - and I am still writing it!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read that had any kind of an impact on me was 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland', and I have also been greatly influenced by the motion picture 'Zulu!'
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fantasy because I love to be taken away from the real world, and military, which unfortunately is a major part in the modern world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fantasy to escape - not so much for pleasure, and many research books and documents.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Much of my work contains biographical tributes to military and sport heroes of the past so I use the local media in a specific place where a subject was born, lived or died, to bring that person to the attention of people local to that area.
Describe your desk
Indescribable!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 1985 when my music career was coming to an end
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is not much contact between a not-so-famous writer like me and the publisher so there is not much difference, and I have never used an agent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By helping to get my books noticed by a wider audience than I could have got to without them.
Published 2015-04-06.
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Books by This Author

Peril In Paradise:The Andaman Islands Victoria Crosses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,870. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
A sun-drenched tropical island is probably the last place you would think of where gallantry medals might be won, but in 1867 five British soldiers risked their lives to land a boat and successfully rescue a party of their comrades from the clutches of fierce cannibalistic natives on the Little Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal. An act for which they received the Victoria Cross.
Crimean War Victoria Crosses: A Selection of Significant Awards
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
The Crimean campaign produced a number of firsts and superlatives concerning the Victoria Cross. Among them are the first deed to be rewarded with the medal, the first man to be gazetted and the first to wear it, the most Victoria Crosses for a single action, and one of the most famous actions in British military history.
The Fight For Rorke's Drift
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,910. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
A graphic account of the defence of Rorke’s Drift, the battle made famous by the motion picture ‘ZULU!’ An isolated garrison of British soldiers successfully defended a field hospital and supply store against a ferocious Zulu army, which was vastly superior in number. With information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades.
The First Olympic Golf Match
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Golf
Golf is at last being re-introduced into the Olympic programme, and with information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades, this publication commemorates and reviews the first ever Olympic golf match played at Paris in 1900. The tributes to the players who took part will surprise you.
The Rorke's Drift Test
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,410. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
This is a story that had to be told because it is the stuff of legend. The British Lions rugby tour of Australasia in 1914 was filled with drama and controversy, and produced arguably the greatest performance ever displayed in a sport arena. The Rorke’s Drift Test is still regarded as the greatest rugby match ever played. The work includes biographical tributes to the 26 British participants.
Zulu War Heroes: Defenders of Rorke's Drift
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,050. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 19th Century
Concise biographical tributes and stories of the deeds of a selection of men who played a prominent part in the defence of Rorke's Drift against an army of determined and ferocious warriors during the Zulu War of 1879. The battle was made famous by the motion picture 'Zulu!'
Brave Deeds
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,910. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
A selection of brave and awe-inspiring deeds which gained gallantry medals, from Victorian epics such as the Charge of the Light Brigade and the Defence of Rorke's Drift to the George Cross and the Iranian Embassy siege. With a story of an unsung hero who was overlooked when the medals for bravery were given out. Also available in illustrated print format.
Boer War Victoria Crosses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
With information drawn from official documents this extensively researched book provides biographical tributes and accounts of the deeds of a selection of men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for action during the Boer War of 1899-1902. With a summary of the conflict, a chronological roll of all 78 Boer War VCs and a useful bibliography for further reading.
Pioneers Of Sport
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,140. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
Extensively-researched biographical tributes to a selection of great pioneers of sport.
Some of the Six Hundred
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,590. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
With information taken from the JWB Historical Library, compiled over four decades, this book provides concise biographical tributes and stories of the deeds of fifty men who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.
Local Heroes
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Social history
This is an extensively-researched publication which provides concise and informative accounts of outstanding bravery with biographical tributes to military and civilian local heroes who risked their lives to help others.
Battling Burnaby: The Awe-Inspiring Exploits Of A Great Adventurer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,080. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography
Colonel Fred Burnaby is one of the greatest adventurers who ever lived and he was the kind of man on which romantic legends are built. A fearless dare-devil and intrepid traveller, he made two perilous journeys across Asia, and he became the first person to cross the English Channel single-handedly in a balloon. However, his first love was fighting and he was killed in action in the Sudan.
Brits At The Alamo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
More than 30 British-born men fought for the Texas cause during the siege and battle of the Alamo. This is a concise and informative account of their deeds.
Rocket Boy - Eyewitness to the Early Railways
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Railroads / History
This is the eyewitness account of Edward Entwistle, who drove the famous steam locomotive 'Rocket' during the opening of the world's first passenger railway, and his long life in England and the United States. It is one of the most inportant documents concerning the early years of transport ever produced.
Tombstone Tragedy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
Based on eyewitness accounts, this is a concise and informative description of the incident which came to be known as the gunfight at the OK Corral. The difficulty which ended in a deadly confrontation of firearms left six men dead or wounded and secured their names in the annals of America's Old Wild West; but why did the situation get out of hand?
Balaclava Victoria Crosses: Including the Charge of the Light Brigade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,920. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
At Balaclava the Charge of the Heavy Brigade and the Light Brigade action provided two of the most famous deeds recorded in the annals of the British Army. This well-researched book contains biographical tributes and detailed accounts of the actions of the nine men who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the battle. With the Chronological Roll of all 111 Crimean War Victoria Crosses.
Titanic Struggle - A Selection of Victims
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,410. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
This concise and extensively researched document contains biographical tributes to thirty prominent victims of the Titanic disaster, with some of the most detailed eyewitness accounts. The tributes include Captain Smith, Lookout Fleet and Bandmaster Hartley.