James Gerard Small


New Jersey native James Gerard Small is a professional Graphic Designer/Art Director with over three decades’ experience in the advertising field. He has handled work for a diverse number of clients over the years, including Nabisco, Disney, Sony, and Campbell’s Soups, as well as many lesser-known clients.

His creative efforts often include additional copy and headline creation work as well.

He has belonged to different writers’ groups and has mostly focused in recent years on short stories and blogs as creative outlets. He is the author of two as-of-yet unpublished horror novels and is currently working on two additional books.

“Darla’s Song” represents his first foray into the area of publishing an ebook, and at that, a non-fiction story.

As he explains, “it was something I had to do. I was always a ‘cat’ person until Darla entered my life – actually, she was kind of forced on me as an older dog. I went from not wanting her to falling completely in love with her. She possessed a gentle persona and sweetness I’d never before encountered in any living creature.”

“I miss her dearly to this day; she changed my life. I just had to tell her story. And quite frankly, the book pretty much wrote itself.”

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's a little tough but really simple. Certainly, I want readers. But since my love of writing and storytelling is so diversified, I want to exceed in all areas. Still, I want those who read my "stuff" to be happy.

So I guess, my final answer is: I want the reader to be moved. Emotionally. Or: "oh, 'crap,' this is great. I want it to go on and on. (Or even better: both: LOL!).
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. But in the end, I have to be satisfied that I did the best I could at the time. My experience as a graphic artist has taught me I can always improve: artists are NEVER fully happy. I'm always in a "regret" mode to fans (or should be).
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Where to find James Gerard Small online


Darla's Song
Price: Free! Words: 61,430. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Biography
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
"Darla's Song" is the true tale of a senior American Eskimo dog, all but abandoned to die. She is adopted by a loving woman and her reluctant husband. Over the course of time, Darla melts even the coldest of hearts and sets into motion some life-altering experiences for everyone within her reach.

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CJ Puccia
Latest book: Farmer's Grove.
Published December 29, 2013. (5.00 from 4 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by James Gerard Small

  • Farmer's Grove on Jan. 12, 2014

    This is a 9.5 out of a 10! The author truly knows how to bring the reader in and keep that person enthralled. It is flawless in terms of reading. Plus, the end twist, while as old as time, has a fresh, exciting burst to it. If I had any complaint, it would be that this story starts fast and ends the same...a richer, more detailed, slower start, building up to the exciting end, would have been better. "You bait slowly, then reel in fast!" I fully intend to read more from this terrific writer.
  • Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor on Jan. 12, 2014

    I don't know what to make of this story. In many ways, it is a brutal tale of an immigrant's indoctrination into America, which was the truth, in many cases. But, at the same time, it relies on the reader to emotionally embrace the main character without any "endearing" aspects regarding that person (we are supposed to assume he was a good person because he wanted better for his family). This is a great story, but it would have been GREAT written "twofold": 1/2 from Matheus and his fears/thoughts...1/2 "lost soul immigrant"...a lost soul in a land so alien. A split story: what he felt/what was.
  • Insight on Feb. 12, 2014

    In another bygone era, as a TV teleplay filmed in stark black and white with individual scenes and very visible characters fully fleshed out, this would have come to be known as a truly "classic" Twilight Zone episode! Excellent creepy, tasty treat!