J.E. Bolton


J.E. BOLTON was born on September 19, 1977 in LaFollette, Tennessee and was named Jason Eugene Bolton. Being the oldest of four children as well as the son of an independent contractor and a nurse, Bolton started writing at the age of twelve and often sat in his bedroom for hours filling several notebooks with short stories and poems. At the age of fifteen, he published his first poem, “The Lighthouse” which went on to gain over twenty honors and independent literary awards. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1996 and excelled greatly in college-level English and Journalism courses, and was even part of both his middle and high school newspaper staffs. By the age of 19, Bolton completed two anthology compilations of his own work.

At the age of 24, Bolton got his first real break by publishing a weekly column in the Jellico Advance-Sentinnel called “Shades of Grace” under the pseudonym Jason St. James. He is also credits author and book editor Michael Garrett, who has also worked with best-selling authors Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, as being his first book editor.

Bolton describes himself as a very driven person when it comes to writing and life: “You can neither be afraid of failure nor the harshness of your critics. I like to think of myself as a writer who’s in it to give my readers hope even in their darkest of situations.” Bolton bases his life and living on a quote by T. E. Lawrence which states: “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dare to dream by night from the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are but dangerous men. For they may act upon their dreams with eyes wide open and make it possible.”

Bolton also had the honor of being the youngest person ever nominated for the Crystal Pen Lifetime Achievement Award by the Appalachia East Writers Association. By the age of 25, Bolton garnered a total of over fifty honors and awards in the field of writing and poetry, and has also been published in numerous publications and international anthologies.

Bolton and his family currently reside in East Tennessee.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was in the eighth grade, I remember reading WHERE ECHOES LIVE by Marcia Muller. I'll never forget the impact it had on me and my desire to impact readers in the same manner.
How do you approach cover design?
I think the cover design needs to grab your readers before the book does. It's always the first impression.
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Where to find J.E. Bolton online


Professor Habershaw's Fairy Tales For Grown-Ups
Price: Free! Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
The world-famous Habershaw Traveling Sideshow Company makes its way to various small towns. No one really sees it coming but somehow the show makes its way to your hometown. Be warned, my friends. Anyone who enters this particular attraction never exits, and if you're not careful, you could become his next greatest story yet to be told.
The Christmas Key
Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
One Christmas Eve night, Stephen Swift prepares to end his life. In the process, he not only finds a reason to live but also learns that love is the greatest power of all. A hauntingly-beautiful Christmas short story.
The Christmas Ornament
Price: Free! Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What happens when a century-old ornament breaks one Christmas Eve, and its mysterious contents reveal a shocking, dark family secret? One young man's devastation learning about the horrible secret and his own unhappiness drives him to the end of his rope. But one visit to the local cemetery in order to battle his inner demons and confront his family's dark heritage will change his life forever.
Fetch: A Trilogy Of Terror
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,070. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Two college students, Allison Locke and Riley Garrett visit Allison's hometown of Viculus, Tennessee on a picturesque Autumn weekend. During their visit, they encounter three abandoned places, each with its own deadly, and supernatural pasts. The truth about the little town unravels,and Riley learns a valuable lesson: the past should stay buried, and what doesn't stay buried can kill you.
Forever And A Day
Price: Free! Words: 17,520. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jacob Grayson seems to have his life exactly how he wants it to be. However, his life is also filled with a painful childhood, his mother’s unexpected death, and the estrangement of his father that caused him years of self-destruction. He suddenly finds himself at the crossroads of hate and redemption. Will he finally forgive his dying father, or have years of anger hardened his heart forever?

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J.E. Bolton's favorite authors on Smashwords

Aaron M. Patterson
Latest book: The Populace. Published September 28, 2015.

Smashwords book reviews by J.E. Bolton

  • The God of Wine on May 30, 2012

    THE GOD OF WINE by Aaron Patterson is phenominal! It takes you from one raw emotion to another. Human emotions mixed with supernatural is what you'll get with this book. KUDOS! Five stars all the way.
  • The God of Wine on May 30, 2012

    Five stars all the way. It's where realism and the supernatural go hand-in-hand and take a bow. PHENOMINAL!
  • The God of Wine on May 30, 2012

    Five stars all the way. It's where realism and the supernatural go hand-in-hand and take a bow. PHENOMINAL!
  • My Christmas Story on Dec. 13, 2012

    A very vivid tale of Christmas past anyone can relate to. Love the story! Keep up the great work.
  • Ninetynine on Jan. 15, 2013

    NINETYNINE is one of the best apocalyptic zombie thrillers I've read in a while. It's very descriptive and "takes your there." The ending teaches us all that, as in Greek mythology, from the ashes a phoenix shall rise. This time, the phoenix is a town called "Newton." Very well done! Another wonderful book and another wonderful author.