James A. Hetley


Contemporary fantasy author James A. Hetley lives in the Maine setting of his novels The Summer Country, The Winter Oak, Dragon's Eye, and Dragon's Teeth. Place names, events, and people have been changed to protect the author from lawsuits. The weather, on the other hand, can't sue for libel and is real.

He also writes as James A. Burton, with new fantasy novel Powers out in May 2012 from Prime Books.

A self-employed architect, he specializes in renovation and reuse of older buildings. Some of those also show up in his stories, playing themselves. Other diverse connections to his writing include black belt rank in Kempo karate, three years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, a ham radio license, and such diverse jobs as auto mechanic, trash collector, and operating engineer in a refrigeration plant. His wife, a professional naturalist, provides advice on the realistic limitations of dragon behavior.

Unlike many other writers of fantasy, he does not have a personal cat to supervise and critique his work. However, neighborhood cats pursue him for professional-grade chin-scratching services.

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Where to buy in print


Ghost Point
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,440. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Over thirty years before the happenings of Dragon's Eye, Dragon's Teeth, and Dragon's Bones, Ghost Point introduces readers to the Haskell Witches and the strange things that happen in Sunrise County, extreme eastern coastal Maine. Vietnam War echoes, spirit animals, and drug smugglers combine with Maine's deadly winter to force two instant enemies together. A book in the Stonefort Stories series.
Dragon's Bones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Dragon's Bones A Stonefort Novelette Few things about Stonefort are exactly as they seem. Featured in previously-published novels Dragon's Eye and Dragon's Teeth, this small Maine fishing village hides a strange history and stranger deeds. Alice Haskell and Kate Rowley return to action, solving both a crime and the magical puzzle beneath it.

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