Interview with Xavier James

When did you first start writing?
I started writing, rather unsuccessfully, in primary school. I only started to take it seriously in my first year at university during a writing poetry unit.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A casual family dinner, celebrating Sue Huxley's 60th birthday, goes horribly wrong when Sue's older sister, Harriet, finds her stuffed in the rotisserie cooker. The family, including Councilman McKnight, can't bear to have their reputations sullied by a murder so they attempt to dispose of the body and detain the killer before the night is out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Commandeering the perfect sentence, which not only shares my intrigue for the story but resonates in the reader
What are you working on next?
I am in the last stages of tinkering with a drama piece I am writing for my degree, set in the waiting room of a negligent hospital, exploring the lives of two characters who have had different experiences with domestic violence.
Who are your favorite authors?
I can't go far without mentioning J.K. Rowling. She and T.S. Eliot were the ones who inspired me to first write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love training at the gym and catching up with friends and family, usually over coffee. I also spend a lot of time, mostly subconsciously, studying other people; eavesdropping on their conversations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This is quite embarrassing--mind you, I was all of six years old--but I wrote about two dinosaurs who betrayed each other, back and fro, with time bombs.
What is your writing process?
It usually begins with sourcing out the right place to work--it varies. I also like to start with either reading about writing or watching an interview between authors online.
What are your three favorite books?
In no particular order: The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling; The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Empty mugs and glasses. Unrelated pieces of paper, normally scribbled with to-do lists or schedules, which would serve me better in a diary.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rockingham and Bunbury, Western Australia. I graduated High School in Rockingham. I studied literature in year 11 and 12, which formed my intrigue in writing and reading, particularly poetry. Bunbury gave me the space, in a way, to express myself
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cheesy, but constantly striving to be better than I was yesterday in every facet of my life.
Published 2017-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Pig Spit
Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Mother. Widow. Sister. Dead. Sue Huxley's body is found crumpled in the giant rotisserie cooker that served her 60th birthday's pig spit dinner. In the fear that their reputations will be tarnished by contacting local police and the media, Sue's family decide to dispose of the body and solve the mystery of the murder themselves. But as they bury one secret, another resurrects itself.