James M Corkill

Biography

Hello. I thought you might like to know more about me and how I became an author, and what makes me qualified to write believable technical science fiction stories.
Although I did a little writing during my early years in high school, I never aspired to be an author until twenty-five years later, while I was a Federal Firefighter. I was always reading in my spare time and thought some of the stories were awful. During one of the oil crises in the late 1980’s a friend asked a general question; what would happen if suddenly we didn’t have any more fuel? I began writing down some of the issues that might arise if it actually happened and it was the beginning of my first novel, Dead Energy. Once I began I couldn’t stop, and I was fortunate to meet a famous horror writer named Hugh B. Cave, who lived on the island and became my mentor. After Hugh passed away, I borrowed his last name for Alex as a tribute to his memory.
Back then, I didn’t have a computer and I was a terrible typist. The constant rewrites nearly caused me to give up on the story, but one day a box arrived, and inside was a used computer and a note from one of my brothers telling me that now I had no excuse to stop writing. It took me nearly three years to finish Dead Energy and I self-published a few dozen copies with limited success, but then stuck the disk copy in a closet for a few years while I tried to think of something else to write about. I tried to write in a different genre, but nothing seemed to work.
After my second wife was taken by cancer, I stopped writing and began drinking until four years later when someone I had never met recognized my name and asked if I was going to write another story for Alex Cave. I was shocked that someone had enjoyed my story enough to remember my name. After we talked for a while, I realized this chance meeting was what I needed to hear at the right moment and I quit drinking and began the rewrite of Dead Energy into The Alex Cave Series.
I grew up in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, and after graduation, I served my country during the Vietnam campaign. Later, I became an electronic technician. I’ve always been a repair person and studied mechanical engineering for a few years. I would rather spend several hours building a specialty tool than buying one. While I was an electrician for the Department of Defense I received thirteen commendations for inventions that were implemented at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, including my design for a quad burning apparatus for the accelerated weathering machine. I have thirty-six certificates for mechanical and electrical beneficial suggestions used throughout the DOD.
During my thirty-two years as a firefighter, I was an Emergency Medical Technician, an Emergency Vehicle Instructor, Hazmat Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, High Altitude Rescue Technician, Structural Firefighter, and Aircraft Firefighter.
I’ve also remodeled four of my fixer-upper homes and built two brand new homes, doing all the electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and finishing work myself. When possible, I do my own vehicle repairs.
My favorite television programs are the Science Channel, the Weather Channel specials, and the History and Discovery Channels. I subscribe to several science magazines, including Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, and I do extensive research for each of my stories to keep them as accurate as possible.
Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about my qualifications as an author for my type of writing, and please feel free to contact me at jcorkman1@gmail if you have any questions about my stories or me.
Wishing you the best, James.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've always been an action adventure fan, and when I read my first Clive Cussler novel, I was hooked. Tom Clancy and Dale brown came close, but the original Mister Cussler remains my favorite.
Describe your desk
The background behind my monitor are the Appalachian mountains, and on either side of my keyboard are areas for my cat to sprawl while keeping me company.
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Books

The Alex Cave Series Book 4. Gravity
Series: Alex Cave. Pre-release—available October 3, 2015. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,710. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Coming 10/03/2015 Geophysics instructor Alex Cave receives an urgent message about an unusual geologic event in Iceland. When he arrives, he sees two video recordings. The first is of large globules of glowing magma rising from a glacier. The second video, taken in the exact same place several days later, shows a deep tunnel below the ice.
The Alex Cave Series. Books 1, 2, 3. Box set.
Series: Alex Cave, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 259,770. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Geophysics instructor Alex Cave is on vacation sailing the waters of the Puget Sound when he sees a brilliant flash of light from an oil tanker. When he changes course to help, he has no idea this will be the start of an epic adventure, where he will be the only person capable of saving humanity.
The Alex Cave Series. Book 3. Red Energy
Series: Alex Cave, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,320. Language: American English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Geophysics instructor Alex Cave begins the recovery of several items of advanced alien technology in the Bering Sea and discovers he is betrayed by one of the crew, who steals one of the powerfully destructive devices. Alex knows that if this technology falls into the wrong hands, it could cause the end of all life on the planet.
The Alex Cave Series. Book 2. Cold Energy
Series: Alex Cave, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,860. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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The Polar Ice sheet mysteriously expands by thousands of square miles in a matter of minutes, creating the Polar Vortex and altering weather conditions on a global scale. If it continues, the world will enter a new ice age.
The Alex Cave Series. Book 1. Dead Energy
Series: Alex Cave, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,690. Language: American English. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Geophysics instructor Alex Cave is on vacation sailing the waters of the Puget Sound when he sees a brilliant flash of light from an oil tanker. When he changes course to help, he has no idea this will be the start of an epic adventure, where he will be the only person capable of saving humanity.

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