Interview with James Eddy

Why are you releasing 'Diamonds' as a single book when all the stories are already available individually?
That's a good question although strictly speaking there is one story/poem - 'Diane' - that hasn't been previously released, which is included in the collection. The reason for releasing 'Diamonds' in this way is really just because I always intended to. Part of my thinking when I started to release e-books was to treat these things in a similar way to the way a band or singer-songwriter would release their music. They don't tend to release an album first and if they're just starting out they might release a whole series of singles before the album came out. In that way, it allows an audience to be gradually exposed to an artist and they can then choose to delve further into that artist'swork if they want to. I think that the release of 'Diamonds' as a complete collection only increases that choice. A person might read 'Heart over Head over Heels' or 'The Ghosts Are Out Tonight' and they might be interested enough to invest the time and money in the whole of 'Diamonds' or one of the other stories or whatever they want really.
What is your writing process?
I wake up and I write. It's pretty simple. Sometimes it's a bit more complicated than that though. Sometimes I wake up, I think and then I write, which is usually when I write the stuff that might be worth keeping.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The short answer is Norfolk, although I'm sure that some people would question the idea that I have managed to grow up at all.
What Norfolk offered and continues to offer as an influence is wide open flatlands and acres of sky to project my thoughts, dreams, ideas and concepts onto; along with people that are strange and wonderful enough to be fascinating to me. I've been blessed in this way.
What do your fans mean to you?
To be completely honest, I'm not convinced I have any 'Fans'. Obviously, I hope that will change in the not too distant future.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jack Kerouac - for his spontaneity
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - for his truth
Charles Bukowski - for his bitterness
Emily Dickenson - for her beauty
William Shakespeare - for all those things and just about everything else.
Published 2013-12-12.
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Books by This Author

Diamonds
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Price: Free! Words: 29,550. Language: British English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
James Eddy's spellbinding collection of short stories, circles the lives of Scott Drake, a British singer-songwriter, and Rebecca, the passionate, intelligent young woman he had once loved and may yet love again. The revelation of both their shared and individual pasts is only the beginning of a story that features the contributions of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs.
In Dreams
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Price: Free! Words: 19,940. Language: British English. Published: October 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When Oliver Bell meets a beautiful young woman one night in his dreams, he literally can’t get her out of his mind. Unfortunately, he also can’t tell if she’s anything more than just a wonderful figment of his imagination. It’s only when she starts leaving him clues for how to find her in the real world that Oliver’s sense of fantasy and reality begin to blur into something strange and new.
The Ghosts Are Out Tonight
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Series: Diamonds, #10. Price: Free! Words: 3,030. Language: British English. Published: October 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
From an empty hotel room in London, Scott Drake takes a freewheeling trip across the East of England and back again. On trains, in cars, and on foot, the journey lets him say goodbye to the people he has loved and lost; finally allowing him to let go of the pain of the past and find peace in the present.
Revelations
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Series: Diamonds, #9. Price: Free! Words: 3,200. Language: British English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
It begins at a funeral, where the truth is hidden away inside the pages of a book no one was ever meant to read. But these words were never destined to stay silent. They are words with the power to make some sense of a girl’s life and death and reveal secrets that are terrible and beautiful enough to condemn and redeem both the guilty and the innocent.
Hello, Emptiness
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Series: Diamonds, #8. Price: Free! Words: 3,770. Language: British English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
The sound of breaking glass wakes Colin and brings him downstairs, where he discovers a boy called Joe. Then the boy begins telling the story of what has brought him there that night, and Colin realises how much he has in common with the painfully lost young man and how sometimes we can find help from the least likely person in the least likely of circumstances.
In Dreams: Screenplay
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Price: Free! Words: 12,900. Language: British English. Published: July 12, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Romance
If 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' met 'Inception' in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral the result would be 'In Dreams' by James Eddy...
The Graveyard
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Series: Diamonds, #7. Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » European
For years Colin Abbott has put his life on hold, living only for his elderly mother. With her gone he is alone, adrift in a world he doesn’t fully understand. On one sunny summer day he sets off from his mother’s grave, and attempts to take control, to learn to enjoy his life and maybe even learn to love again.
Fading Polaroids in Reverse
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Series: Diamonds, #6. Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Scott Drake is alone in a hotel room and there is no escape. He can walk out at any time but there is no getting away from the past, from his guilt, from himself and the fear of losing someone that he loves all over again. ‘Fading Polaroids in Reverse’ is a series of snapshots of moments and memories in Scott’s life, and is the sixth short story in the ‘Diamonds’ Collection.
The Devil eats Coleslaw
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Series: Diamonds, #5. Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: British English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Joseph Holly knows the truth: Work is rarely as dull as when you are eighteen years old and in love. ‘The Devil eats Coleslaw’ is a working day in Joe's life, which sees him trapped in a supermarket with strange customers, ex-teachers, daydreams, bad ideas, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and an overwhelming need to see his girlfriend,Diane.
Lily Green
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Series: Diamonds, #4. Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: British English. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lily Green is an attractive middle-aged woman struggling with many things; with loneliness, mortality, an awkward teenage daughter, an angry ex-husband and guilt for the way she has lived her life. On a hot summer day, she finally realises that there is a chance to change things; that entire worlds can turn on minor incidents and these events can shift a delightful fantasy into reality.
Bonfire Blues
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Series: Diamonds, #3. Price: Free! Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Scott moves in with his best friend, Dan, things change in ways he never imagined. Surrounded by Dan's friends, he lives a life of glorious drunken creativity, quite unlike anything he's known before. The problem is that when Dan leaves unexpectedly he finds himself falling for Dan's girlfriend Rebecca.
Two New Fairytales
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Price: Free! Words: 2,860. Language: British English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Great fun for kids of all ages, these two short stories are not traditional fairytales but like most fairytales, they offer lessons for life, with a little magic and darkness thrown in.
Heart over Head over Heels
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Series: Diamonds, #2. Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
How exactly do you get over someone who's everywhere? That's what Rebecca Blake has wrestled with for five years. But not this night. This is the night she will see Scott play his songs and this is the night when her hope will be reborn.
Bewilder
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Series: Diamonds, #1. Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
One look was all it took for Neal. One look before she was gone and he was too. Then one day he follows her home and that is only the beginning of the journey that makes him question everything about the nature of his love, life and even reality.