James Blackwell


A writer since an early age, I was always one to keep notebooks filled with stories and poems that I dreamed would one day be published. It wasnt until I wa much older and had worked to write my own guidebooks and handbooks for the various clubs that I worked that my dream began to come true. Since those who owned the clubs had no interest in the books that I was writing and using, I choose to share them with the world to expand the business I was in.
Now in my 40's, I have left the nightclub business and focused more on the written word, as well as having developed a love for photography and art. Through these three I have begun the process of sharing my works with others and to halp produce a greater understanding of the things I have loved all these years.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design by taking the subject matter within the book and looking at the photos that I have done which would best fit. This photo is then tweaked to fit the style and feel of the book, as well as the artistic idea within my mind. At times it may seem the cover doesn't seem what most people would think would actually fit, that is until they read the book and see the connection between the work and the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My all time favorite book is Imajica by Clive Barker. It was the first book which actually made me rethink some of the ways I look at books. This was due to the fact that I read the first 60 pages and was a bit bored with it. It wasn't until I sat down (over a year and half later) and began rereading it that I realized that it was very indepth and amazing. By the time I got to the end, I was hooked. But it got me thinking about how if I had not made myself read more, I would have lost out on a great story because I wasn't hooked quickly. Now my fiction books hook you quickly and make you want to read further.
The other books that I like are Running Man by Stephen King, which is so much better than the movie ever could be. The Planescape Series of books, which were and are some of my favorite books on D&D fantasy, as well as the description of the fantasy world.
There is also my love of the Uncle John Bathroom Reader series, of which I have almost every one. These books are amazing in the way they give not only obscure facts and history, but they also are enjoyable reads in both short and long periods.
Lastly, my favorite book is the series I am creating, with two books of six written, called Closing Stages. There is a deeper meaning than the actual story to me, as they are parts of my personal life transformed into fiction with a mix of fantasy and magic thrown in. And the outcome, while not exactly like the book, is a way for me to deal with the way things happened in reality.
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Where to find James Blackwell online

Where to buy in print


Cronas Hometown Beauties Vol 2 Issue 1
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Cronas Hometown Beauties is a photography magazine dedicated to the real women of the world, using people who are not professional models. We show that women are beautiful no matter who they are, and in all their glory. With articles and photos, it is sixty pages of art and beauty from the Midwest.
Closing Stages Book One
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 38,620. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A thriller across the planes of the world, one girl seeks to escape her past and save the world from the mad god which wants to destroy it all.
Handbook for a Pizza Restaurant: A starter’s book to help
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,560. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / business development
If you are getting into the pizza business for the food, this handbook is for you. It covers much of the basics, a way to determine what you are doing before you ever open the store, from what you will have to how to set up your store. But most of all, it will help set the basis for your handbooks and guides that you can use to make your store preform properly.
A Guidebook for Dancers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,970. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This is a collection of some of the basic things I prepared for some of the dancers in the clubs that I have managed over the years that helped dancers and managers to make the club run smoother, to help new dancers, and to make the dancers more money.
A Guidebook on Staffing for Bars, Nightclubs and Strip Clubs
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 55,930. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
This book is a collection of all the essays I have written over the past decade to help train the staff and managers under me. I have divided the entire book into sections dedicated to the main staff of any bar: Security, DJ, Waits, Bartenders, and Managers. There is a section that can be used directly with the staff, and a section of each which is for the manager to help evaluatethe staff members
Promtional Events for Bars, Nightclubs and Strip Clubs
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 20,920. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business administration
I have complied together a sampling of some different events and games to spice up nightclubs or strip clubs to bring in more customers. These promotions are presented in easy to understand format to entertain the customers and to make the evening a little more fun for everyone involved. With over 100 pages of games, contests,and events, this is something to boost those slow nights.

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