James Maxstadt lives in Burlington, NC with his beautiful wife Barbara, and their dog Manny.
James discovered fantasy writers at an early age and has been hooked ever since. He first read The Lord of the Rings in junior high, and has remained convinced to this day that they are the best books ever written. Terry Pratchett and Glen Cook are huge influences on his writing, and he hopes that's reflected in the Duke Grandfather stories.
When not working, James will be found performing a home renovation project, thanks to the skills his father taught him a long time ago, watching something mindless on TV, or reading a great book.
What is your writing process?
I'm one of those that just has to write the story and see where it goes. I don't usually outline, although I have made notes to keep myself on track and provide consistency. Before I start, I read over what I wrote the day before, correcting mistakes as I see them. When the story, or chapter, is done, I go back over it at least twice, once reading it out loud to myself. After that, I give it to others to read and make corrections on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one? No, not really. When I was a kid, I had a lot of kid sci-fi and fantasy books, and always liked them. I loved Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, and had them all, until I outgrew them. I was always reading, and still, to this day, I will finish a book, and then immediately find the next one.