James Garvin was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He has always been an avid reader and creator of strange stories since his youth. After moving to Texas, he got into playing AD&D and creating worlds and characters for his players to enjoy. His goal was to write fiction and make video games. The first story, Blood City Chronicles: The Black Petal, was well received by readers and is a good stepping stone into the character driven worlds he creates. His first game, Skullforge: The Hunt, will be released in 2015.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot of stuff, though, not as much as I used to. However, my favorite authors are Steven Brust, and Robert E. Howard. It's Howard who helped me shape my characters into who they are. I've always been a fan of his style and his focus on characters. My favorite being Solomon Kane. Steven and I used to exchange e-mails a long time ago and I always appreciated his help in trying to understand the complexities of writing fiction. It's probably why so many of my stories are told in first person. Vlad is just a great character and I hope mine can live up to that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Honestly, I've never thought about it. Not even sure I'd have five books, but I'll try. In no particular order:
1. Skull-Face (Robert E. Howard) - There's something about this book and how the stories work themselves out that has always gripped me. The way Costigan has to deal with his problems and ultimately how the events unfold is engaging and it helped me refine my own vision of what I wanted to do with my stories.
2. Orca (Steven Brust) - The twist in this book took me by surprise. I don't want to give it away, but I didn't see it coming. It gave me a whole new respect for Brust as a writer. I really need to read it again since it's been a few years since the last time I read it.
3. Cowboy Fengs (Steven Brust) - A lot of good things to say about this book. Another one with a big twist, but the story is told in a great way and it allows us to connect with the characters. Probably one of his lesser known books.
4. Eye of the Serpent (Robert N. Charrette) - I've always been a fan of Charrette's work and when I first got this book so many years ago, I couldn't put it down. I read the whole book in one sitting after work. It's a shame that the third book in the series doesn't flow as well as this one. I was really rooting for Yan at the end of the book.
5. MacBeth (William Shakespeare) - Not sure if I can classify this as a "book", but this book always captivated me and as I've gotten older, I've learned to appreciate the story much more. Reading about the fall of MacBeth and his wife helped me look at endings of stories better.
This series follows the life of elven warrior mage Desinarious Cornerstone from her early years to the beginning of her quest for revenge. Desi is a master with the sword and an accomplished mage and she uses these tools to find the men who enslaved her and exact her own brand of justice.
After the incident at Westmorland Castle, Desinarious (Desi) Cornerstone has to decide her next course of action. This takes her down a path of deceit, violence, and complicated family situations. This action packed second chapter in the Skullforge: The Destined One series will leave you wanting more as you follow Desi towards her ultimate fate.
The first chapter in the Skullforge series. Follow the life of elven adventurer Desi Cornerstone as she makes her journey though the dangerous world of deceit, violence, and revenge. Chapter 1 opens the door to her early life and the events that shape who she will become. This ten part series is a prequel to the upcoming video game Skullforge: The Hunt.
It's the year 2145, a lone crime fighter stumbles upon a woman's body in an alley and takes it upon himself to find her killer. In this cyberpunk detective adventure, it's a race against time to find the killer before they strike again. What he finds is that everything is not as it seems.
You Want To Be An Online Freelancer... Now What?
on Oct. 01, 2015
I reviewed this on Goodreads and figured I'd throw my review up here as well since I figure someone shopping around on Smashwords may want a bit of insight as well. I had been wanting to become self-employed since I was in high school, but always had this fear based on society's expectations about how we go about making money. My family also pushed me to avoid doing this, and so I joined the "rat race" for many years before finally getting the courage to branch out on my own. Even now, it still is an uphill battle, but reading books like this one really helps keep me mentally grounded.
As we sort through the complicated world of being self-employed, the most difficult aspect of it is to find good, valuable information that can help us plan better and avoid the all too common mistakes of being a freelancer. Eeva Lancaster's book really helps put the whole process in perspective. By relating her own personal experience in her journey to be a freelancer she connects the dots in a way that we can easily relate to. I'm normally not into these sorts of books, but I found this particular story to be rich with information and almost a parallel to my own experience in being self-employed. The best part about the whole experience is she doesn't paint herself as better than the reader and instead tries to empathize with our own experience.
It's really a great read and full of information and commentary which will point someone who is about to pursue being an online freelancer in the right direction while also informing those who may be sitting on the fence. Make no mistake, being self-employed is no easy task, but you can't go wrong with having this book around as a guide and reference in your journey.