Interview with James Grimm

What are you working on next?
"Wall of Destruction" (WoD) is part of a series of books that I plan on writing in the "When Atlantis Fell" time frame. WoD is part one of a two part story about Risor and his experience during the downfall. There are plenty of sub-plots to WoD that I would like to develop and I plan on writing some of them first before getting to the second book about Risor.

The next book will be a novella about Rogat, Risor's friend in WoD. He is in the army and goes back to his unit after the "Last Night" chapter in WoD. In WoD, he helps set up some of the background of the war but in his book, he is the main character and the story is about his survival through the downfall.

My goal would be to write from five to seven novellas about other happenings during WoD's time frame and then write "To the Death" (part two of WoD). After "To the Death", I would like to do the same with the sub-plots during it's time frame. If the "When Atlantis Fell" universe proves popular, I will then write a third novel from the perspective of the enemy, the Rama Empire.

This will follow a character of the Rama Empire through both WoD and "To the Death". There will be sub-plot stories around Rama as well. I think mostly related to Heroes from the Greeks, Dolrinas and Hu as well as Rama.
Who are your favorite authors?
Like many I first started reading in school and fell in love with the Hobbit. While I read most of Tolkien before I left school, I really didn't start reading until I was in the US Navy. When I was stationed on ships I would read like a fiend. Hitting ports for liberty usually included at least a short time frame finding a book store to get some new books. I loved Sci-Fi, Fantasy and spy novels.

Authors like Robert Adams, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Isaac Asimov and Harry Turtledove were favorites then. More recently I enjoyed reading Graham Hancock and other alternative history proponents and Doug Dandridge.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a 10 pager when I was in the Navy, around 1987, I think. It was about the civil war that was going on in Lebanon. A sniper for one side was looking for a particularly dangerous sniper for another side in an area he used to go to college in. He was flashing back to the "good ol days" with his friends while seeing the cafes and stores now totally wrecked. He eventually finds the other sniper and kills him. Wanting to see who this person was he makes his way there to discover it was his good friend from those "good ol days".

I was rather proud of it. Never really wrote again after that until now. Many a dream of writing with lots of ideas but for some reason never took it up again.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Call me old fashion but I like to read off my PC. I have a large screen monitor and it makes reading easier.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing this year, 2014. I was let go from my company with a decent severance package. While looking for a new job I also started to think about writing. Guy Kawasaki's book A.P.E (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) came out and I thought I should research more. The more I read the more I thought I should try. I had plenty of ideas that I think I could put into a full story so I gave it a shot.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always liked the idea of writing but never was motivated enough to do it. The biggest blocker was I did not think I was qualified to be a writer. That publishers and agents would not waste their time with me because of my lack of qualifications. Until I read Guy Kawasaki's book (A.P.E.) that made me want to read more about self-publishing.

I believe this is a big problem with many people. Since I have read that book and researched all I could on the Internet, I am a believer in the Indie author way. Smashwords and all the eStores are a blessing and I am happy to be part of this.

Before others had the say so on whether I can publish a book or not. Yes I understand the model and why they can not publish everything but that doesn't mean it works for everyone. Now if I succeed or fail, it is based on my work (idea, marketing, writing, etc...). I like the challenge.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I will probably be able to provide more of an answer on this in the future, since this is my first published book. I do like the idea that they are handling the distribution and set up at so many outlets. Allows me to put more time into writing.
Published 2014-10-05.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Wall of Destruction
Price: $3.08 USD. Words: 82,380. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fairy tales
During the last ice age, a global war between the fabled empire of Atlantis and their arch-rival, the Rama Empire, is tearing the world apart. Wall of Destruction, first book of the “When Atlantis Fell” series, follows the life of one man in the final days of Atlantis and its downfall. A world forsaken by the Gods, where those dominated by Atlantis no longer fear the survivors.