James D. Maxon


James D. Maxon (1977-Present) was born at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. His parents were divorced when he was three-years-old. Raised in a strictly female household, James grew up in the midst of mental illness and depression. He, himself, struggled in school due to a learning disability. Without a positive male role model, James learned how difficult it can be for children to realize their true potential. Having acquired a love for fantasy at a young age, he began to write stories of his own, providing children and teens with messages of faith, hope, and insight. Overcoming his disability, James graduated college with a 4.0 GPA. He deepened his connection to the creative world by following a career in design. He now lives with his wife and daughter in a suburb of Austin, Texas, and spends much of his free time applying his imagination to the real world.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is hearing how my stories have positively influenced others. While I greatly enjoy the high of my characters unfolding before my eyes, and the words that flow from my muse to my fingers, nothing compares with making a difference in someone's life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the freedom involved in indie publishing, both with story creation and licensing. I can write what I like, and if I want to give a book away for free, I can without having to seek permission. Once I even pirated my own work simply to increase distribution. When I first started publishing back in 2008 there was less competition. The bad part of it now is that the market has become saturated, tainting readers with poor writing and editing. Yet I still believe in the potential indie authors have who do their best work and aim for shaping a story that shines.
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Where to find James D. Maxon online

Website: http://jamesmaxon.com
Twitter: @jdmaxon
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Traphis: A Wizard's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 154,390. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A year after the death of his father, fifteen-year-old Traphis stumbles across his father’s hidden collection of books. Forbidden from learning magic at a young age, he resolves to read the books in secret. Doors to a dark and formidable world begin to open, and a treacherous adventure awaits both him and his newfound friends.
The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again
Price: Free! Words: 15,820. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A nameless cat lives in a town of dry, unhappy people devoid of moisture, joy and creativity. How did the townspeople get this way? Who stole the moisture? And how can one crafty cat return moisture--and life--to his town?

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