C.J. is a lifetime resident of Oregon's Willamette Valley, where he attended college and graduate school, and currently works as a manager for his home state. Raised on classical literature, his interests turned to the radio serials of the early 1900's, and the pulp era. Inspired by Isaac Asimov, Mickey Spillane and Robert B. Parker, C.J. blended the science fiction and hard-boiled detective genres for his debut novel, Rise Of The Black Hand. When he's not working or writing, C.J. is likely to be reading, playing video games, or listening to classic old time radio serials.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, to put it simply, are my life's blood. That is why I dedicated my first book to them. Any artist who fails to properly acknowledge his or her fans does so at his own peril! They are, quite literally, my customers. Without them, I can never be successful at this craft. It is their support that makes it possible. Perhaps I'll let the dedication speak for itself....
"This book is dedicated—to you.
Customers are the life blood of any business. As “artists”, we often forget that. We like to call our customers “fans.” It sounds more glamorous, perhaps. Or maybe it makes us feel more important. But that relationship has come to be so one sided that it has lost its meaning. Whether it is a traditional business, a musician, actor or author—we need you. Your support allows us to pursue our dream of creation and entertainment. In return, if we have done our job well, we provide you with a level of enjoyment and fun that makes it all worthwhile for you. And without you, that dream withers and dies. And so as I push forward on this endeavor, I would like to take a moment to say that I can not do it alone. More specifically, I can not do it without you. For every man and woman who has taken time out of their busy schedules, away from their family, friends and a multitude of other entertainment options, and chosen to spend it within these pages—I thank you. I will not ever forget your support and encouragement.
Now then, let us go forward— together."
Why are your books free to libraries?
Literacy is something every author should take seriously. Libraries provide a tremendous service to the public. They don't charge customers to check out books, so why should I charge the library? With electronic copies, there is no significant cost to the author, so I'm happy to do my part.
In the futuristic city of Seattle, Washington, FBI agent Thomas Morelli narrates his own tale as he hunts down the members of an ancient criminal cartel, all while seeking to avenge his best friend's murder. Combining the elements of classic detective fiction and science fiction, this fast paced adventure is sure to delight fans of either genre.