James R. Womack


I’m a deaf person who likes to write stories. Actually, I prefer telling stories in American Sign Language (ASL) but not everyone understands it. For me, storytelling is storytelling so writing stories gives me much pleasure. My hope is readers get pleasure from what I’ve written. I hold a bachelor degree from Gallaudet University and a masters degree from California State University of Northridge. I used to teach Deaf high school students before teaching college students full time in the last two decades of my career. I’m married to a really cool woman who was also my Gallaudet University classmate during my time there. My non-writing activities include cooking, fishing, playing with my youngest grandkids, annoying the older ones and experimenting with applying computer software to educational purposes.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Sure. I was in first grade and my teacher had us reading a Dick and Jane story. I was very excited that I had learned to read. I was impatient to read more and sneaked the books from the shelf to my lap to read on the sly when we were supposed to be doing something else. I even did this during recess. The teacher had to repeatedly order me outside to play. As I got older, if you wanted to find me, just go to the library. When I went to college, most of the required reading for 101 and 102 English classes were old news to me. So instead of doing my reading assignments, I read books for levels 201 and 202. I still prefer a book that I can physically hold while reading, whether a hardback, paperback, or magazine. But I find myself seriously looking at some larger tablets. I've stayed away from tablet PCs because my eyesight isn't what it used to be. But some of the larger ones have caught my attention as they solve this matter. Plus I'd still be holding a physical book in a manner of speaking.
How do you approach cover design?
To be honest, I have a fascination with computers. I enjoy experimenting with various types of software. This includes graphic software. I take into account what my story is about and then try to symbolically illustrate it. Mostly, cover design is just another excuse for me to experiment with the software. Hopefully, readers have as much fun seeing the covers as I have creating them.
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Where to find James R. Womack online


Peculiar Pete: Courtyard Coward
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / General
Challenges Christians to examine what kind of Christian they are.
Are Christians Anti-Jesus?
Price: Free! Words: 3,700. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / General
A booklet challenging Christians especially to examine their relationship with Jesus.
Pleistocene Tsunami
Price: Free! Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
This is a tale that began in the depths of space and was billions of years unfolding. A tale of planetary alignments, rogue asteroids, an interstellar journey and an ice age. All which led to a drama involving a rabbit, a coyote, and a lake. The thing is, the lake became a river and that's when the real drama began.
The PlanetDeath Chronicles
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Power and profit minded people long denied the reality of climate change and ignore results of environmental proof. Citizens of governments that were the worst polluters didn't take action to stop the carnage. By the time they did it was literally too late. These stories are the chronicles of how the planetdeath of the once sapphire gem of the solar system unfolded.
The Legend of the Bogeyman
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Oh, you know about the Bogeyman. That old mythical character used to frighten wayward children. What if there's something you already know? That the Bogeyman isn't really a man. What if there's something you might not know? Like Ole Bogey is real and has cosmic aspirations and is interested in a whole lot more than just saying 'Boo!'
Ares' Anger
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.00 from 1 review)
It was a routine mission outside the confines of the bio-habitat housing the first human colony on Mars. At least it was supposed to be routine. Which is why Dexter Arnold was outside alone despite policy which dictated a mandatory out-time partner. Routine departed when he wrecked his rover buggy. That was the least of his problems as the worse was yet to come. As a matter of fact, the worse was
Giant Dreams and Dragons
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: American English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A tale of a disrespected professor who dreams of a project that makes him superior to all his peers. A success can sometimes be a failure. But what happens when the success is spectacular? Perhaps you could call it a killer.

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Smashwords book reviews by James R. Womack

  • Doomsday Diary on Dec. 03, 2015

    Love the descriptions of the characters and environments. The author makes his main character a full person. You know what he believes, how he thinks, what his attitude and views are about people he interacts, police politics, and sports. I felt I was right at Dobbs' side every step of the way and in his mind watching events unfold. I was beginning to wonder, "Where's the humor this story is supposed to embody?" Then immediately read Dobb's smug remarks to Professor Masterson's inspecting the diary and his fifty-six year old woman with dandruff statement. That had me all but choking as I laughed. Then there was Dobb's understanding of physics which is hilarious but sort of makes sense. In a roundabout way at least. All in all I found the story fun to read. I think it is just right for reading when forced to wait. Perhaps being stuck at the airport, a train station. Or you have a rainy day or boring night at home. Or maybe you just like a good story that won't take you days or more to read. This story is a perfect entertainment break.