Interview with James Erith

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to play football and cricket - sports in general - with my kids. Often, I'll take Rollo, our wonderful long haired Dachtshund for a walk to the woods. For a dog with such short legs, he's surprisingly determined.
I'm currently building a swimming pond - or organic pool - which is terrifically exciting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was awful.
Everyone died right at the beginning and, as I couldn't remember what the point of it was, I threw it away.
What is your writing process?
I like to get my draft down in big chunks, so my mind is entirely captivated in 'that' place where there are no distractions. The story flows better that way, too. After that, it's cutting and editing. Endlessly. You really do have to be quite bonkers to do this.
After that I need time away from my MS. On return, with fresh eyes, the genius parts are often ghastly, which is always a bit of a blow.
Then back to the editing...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I loved Treasure Island, Narnia and Huckleberry Finn and would spend hours with my brother imagining that we had been abandoned in strange lands and would have to survive on nothing but our wits. We built camps and fortresses and tried (unsuccessfully) to snare wild animals with ridiculous home-made bows and arrows.
Now, when I'm writing, I get that wonderful drifty feeling that I did then - of the imagination taking over - and become enthralled with my very own adventure.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire and trust. I have a great old friend who is simply fabulous at the art side of it and we work through the ideas. I love the hints and atmosphere he brings. It's clever stuff.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Recently, I loved the Hunger Games and Life of Pi. Good ideas, well executed and nicely thought provoking. One of my favourite books as a child was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Why? Well because the children are so real and the event of morphing to another world is so skilfully and subtly executed. It makes the magic believable.
There was also was an old book called the Children of Cherry Tree Farm, which my Grandmother read to us when we had the measles. I thought it was amazing but in retrospect, I think it may have been because my Granny was such a marvellous reader was a beautiful, classic English voice.
In my twenties I was captivated by a book called The Dice Man, by Luke Reinhart. I'm not sure if I'd love it quite as much now, but the idea of basing life decision on the roll of a dice was not only hilarious but shocking and alien. It put me off gambling for ever.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh yes! When I'm not so busy, I read in good long bursts, for maximum impact.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle - the older one. I love it but could do with a light! Must upgrade.
When did you first start writing?
I started the original Eden Chronicles nearly years ago! (WOW) The whole story was outlined in a manic period of about six months. Book three is just over halfway through.
My wife is absolutely sick of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the continuation of The Power and The Fury. It hasn't got a name yet but it's feeling really good. Plenty of drama. I can't wait to get back to it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Initially, frustration.
EDEN CHRONICLES sat in two big publishing houses for six months. I was close to a traditional deal, but every time I couldn't quite break through. Eventually, I thought I might as well do it myself. I couldn't sit around forever doing this and hell, if they liked it, (which they really did) then others would, eventually.
I started hearing a lot of indie noise and after delving deeper, I discovered a whole new publishing world with a big rocket going off under its bottom.
EDEN CHRONICLES is turning out to be a terrific series and maybe one of the big pub's will come back and take it to even greater places.
In the meantime, though, I'm having a lot of fun and learning about a whole new way of doing things.
Published 2015-11-11.
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Books by This Author

Eden Chronicles Books Set 1: Books 1-3
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 242,600. Language: British English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
From a time long before the Genesis creation story, from a world of invention, a prophecy has returned. The prize? Earth's survival. Follow the adventures of Archie, Daisy, and Isabella as they strive to solve the riddles that will take them to the source of life itself, the mysterious Garden of Eden.
The Dragon's Game
Series: Eden Chronicles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,630. Language: British English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
To gain its freedom. One of the Heirs must die. But which one? And by whose hand? In the eerie tunnels of an ancient labyrinth, in a fight to the death, only the Heirs of Eden can save us. But the dragon's freedom signals Earth's end. And the dragon has never been defeated.
The Chamber of Truth
Series: Eden Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,740. Language: British English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A deadly disease. Worldwide pandemonium. An ancient riddle. A single plateful of food could save us all. And now with two mysterious tablets still to discover, time is running out for the Heirs of Eden.
Spider Web Powder
Series: Eden Chronicles, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 90,290. Language: British English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Only the Heirs of Eden have the answer... As the Ebora virus takes hold, Archie, Daisy and Isabella - the Heirs of Eden - find themselves trapped in a magical cave with instructions to save humankind. Only they can deliver what the walls show them. The race to claim the greatest prize of all has begun.
The Power and The Fury
Series: Eden Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,070. Language: British English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
A fast-paced, action-adventure with a homespun fantasy twist and dystopian edge, Isabella, Archie and Daisy must find and decipher clues that lead to the mythical Garden of Eden. “gripped ... wonderful characters, intriguing story, great pace, ... funny, surprising, insightful, moving.' Can they uncover powerful gifts in order to survive and begin the quest to solve the greatest mystery of all.