Dwayne R. James

Biography

Writer and watercolour artist Dwayne James lives outside of Lakefield, Ontario where he writes and paints as often as he can, that is when he's not spending time with his very forgiving family.

Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. "The most important skill I learned in University," he says, "was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person."

With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master's degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: "There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne's thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!"

After spending close to a decade as a technical communicator at IBM, Dwayne opted to look at their Jan 2009 decision to downsize him as an opportunity to become a stay-at-home Dad for his young twins, and pursue his painting and creative writing whenever they allow him to do so. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.

Where to find Dwayne R. James online

Where to buy in print

Series

The Anachronistic Code
History tends to repeat itself. Just not always in the way you might expect. That's certainly true for Josh Donegal, who inexplicably finds himself back in his own past. If he wants to find out why, he's going to have to spot all the differences and follow the clues.

Books

The Anachronistic Code: Memories from Tomorrow
Series: The Anachronistic Code. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 72,940. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It’s 1985, and Josh Donegal is seventeen again … and he’s being watched. Josh has decoded a message from the future, but he’s about to find out that there’s a group that doesn’t want him to follow the clues it’s pointing to. That’s not his biggest challenge though. He still has to figure out how to tell his parents that he's leaving and how to say goodbye to the girl he left behind the last time.
The Anachronistic Code, Book Two: The Comeback Kid
Series: The Anachronistic Code. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,090. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It's 1985, and Josh Donegal is seventeen … again. And he’s not alone. Somebody has made changes to the era that Josh grew up in and he’s thinking that it’s a message that can help him stop a future cataclysm before it even happens. But first, he has to decode it, not just for himself and the girl he left behind, but for the future of humanity.
The Anachronistic Code, Book One: Déjà Me.
Series: The Anachronistic Code. Price: Free! Words: 49,280. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It's 1985, and Josh Donegal is seventeen…AGAIN. Josh has shifted back in time some fifty years and he doesn't know how, much less why. What’s more, he's noticing temporal anachronisms—minute changes that would only be obvious to somebody who had lived through the 80s before. Is Josh alone? Is somebody trying to send out a coded message? He's going to have to find all the changes to figure it out.
Amuzings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,960. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
In this collection of over 1,100 pithy quips, puns, one-liners and zingers, humorist Dwayne James records observations on the wonders and the absurdities of his daily life over the last six years. You’ll laugh as you read about the author’s efforts to balance a creatively-driven career with the demands of his busy domestic life, puzzle at his clever wordplay, and giggle at his phrase turning.
Obsidian Fire: Revelations of a Secret Brotherhood
Series: Obsidian Fire Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,060. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The legendary magical Flaming Sword is real! This is something that should excite Mark, but he’s having a hard time feeling elated. He and Dirk are on the run, under the protection of the shadowy organization known as the Obsidian Brotherhood and, although this Brotherhood is sworn to protect the Flaming Sword and serve the new Knight, Mark is discovering that things are not as they appear to be.
Obsidian Fire: The Cave of the Sleeping Sword
Series: Obsidian Fire Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,270. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
"The hilt that stuck out of the crevice in the cave wall looked a lot smaller than what I would have expected for such a legendary sword." Mark Allen had been preparing his whole life for this, but when the mystic sword chooses the last person anyone would ever expect instead of him, Mark must swallow his pride, and become the most maligned of all superhero clichés: the sidekick.
The Nineteenth Century Farmer In Upper-Canada
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 46,910. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Archaeology
In his 1997 Master's Thesis, the author studies the zooarchaeological remains from four historic sites in Ontario, paying close attention to the manner in which these faunal remains were butchered. In his analysis, James introduces culturally relevant quantitative units in order to draw conclusions about the nature of the self-sufficiency of the earliest settlers in Upper Canada.
A Painter's Portfolio
Price: Free! Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
An illustrated portfolio for watercolour artist and author Dwayne R. James. This document contains images and descriptions of his varied paintings, as well as examples of his other works.
Gingers and Wry - An Illustrated Companion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Twins, Triplets, & More, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
This is a collection of close to fifty image quotes and typographic posters illustrating passages that were either originally presented in, or have been newly inspired by, my book Gingers & Wry. The images gathered for this collection are funny, thoughtful, inspirational, and are perfect for sharing on social media. This book also includes a bonus chapter from Gingers & Wry.
Gingers and Wry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,270. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Twins, Triplets, & More, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
"TWINS. It's the kind of word that only ever happens to somebody else." This is the kind of dry humour that characterizes Gingers & Wry, an autobiographical account of a stay@home Dad of tenacious toddler twin boys. Join the author as he finds the humour in situations that would make the Dalai Lama scream out in anger. You'll never see the world the same once you've seen it through Dwayne's eyes.