J. M. Erickson

Biography

J.M. Erickson earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College, majoring in psychology and sociology, masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and post-graduate certification program in psychological trauma, clinical assessment and treatment from Boston University. He is also a certified clinical trauma professional and cognitive behavioral therapist in a group practice in the Merrimack Valley, and teaches masters level, graduate students in post-trauma assessment & treatment, psychopathology, and neuroscience at a Cambridge College and Salem State University, Massachusetts, USA.
To date, all of his novels and novellas series have received awards from various book contests such as Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year and Readers' Favorite International Book Awards & Contest, and all stories have received accolades from such reviewers as Kirkus Review, Self-Publishing Reviews, US Review of Books, Pacific Book Reviews and Independent Book Reviewers.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I am a control freak. The idea of letting my work be handled by other people, and at a ridiculous low royalty rate, was just beyond me. The biggest area, maybe the only one, where I let the control go is when I turn my manuscript over to complete strangers for editing. Manuscript reviews, copy-editors, proofreaders, etc. I learn so much from these knowledgeable people! Is there a downside to this control? Yup! I have to change one of my book covers because I lost objectivity and went with something I wanted as opposed to what might draw the reader. If you control everything, you're responsible for everything, good and bad.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Afterlife Code is a short science fiction novella that tells a cautionary tale of living life to its fullest.
"...everything you do is not just your point of view; when you sleep, all...is uploaded into a shared consciousness...that you return to when you die."
Dr. Melanie Sage is a brilliant scientist who has developed a computer code for her brain implant to reduce the deleterious effects of her autism while improving cognition. With the help of her close friend and associate, Paula Dirac, she does the impossible: she creates an app on her smartphone to do just that.
Always logical and thorough, Sage triggers the application in the presence of her therapist, Robert Cobb, to ensure her safety. Unfortunately, she is unaware that his brain implant for managing posttrauma is much older, with little shielding. When Cobb begins having what looks like a seizure, she touches him to help but completes a circuit that launches them into coexisting lives, or what passes as lives.
As they pass through alternative existences, worlds where science and faith explore the edge of realities and unknown, inexplicable alternatives, they come across a man who knows them and provides them a warning to ensure they are “upgraded” when they die: “Make sure you have interesting lives and live to your fullest.”

"...A prolific author, Erickson has created numerous adventure and science fiction novels, utilizing a potent combination of his imagination and professional background (degrees in psychology and sociology as well as expertise in both cognitive behavior and post-traumatic stress). ..." - Donna Ford, US Review of Books
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Where to find J. M. Erickson online


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Books

Afterlife Code
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,300. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
What if our existence was just a level in the cosmic computer game we call "life?" There is no death that is final unless you don't have an "interesting life." And if life is not lived to the fullest you could be deleted. Dr. Melanie Sage and Robert Cobb get a glimpse of the code that happens after life. Deletion or level up. That is the question.
Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions and Resurrections
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,940. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Jose Melendez leads his new team to form alliances with a militaristic matriarch and the natives called "Americans" to confront a cybernetic army committed to the destruction of the human race. Lessons from a distant war comes full circle as the final conflict begins.
Future Prometheus: Emergence and Evolution
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,870. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A soldier forgotten in cryogenic hibernation is revived over 130 years in the future by intelligent artificial people (APs) only to find the world he knew is gone. And in its place, a militaristic matriarch has risen from the former United States, where males are banished and a new world order is about to be toppled yet again.
Intelligent Design: Revelations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,290. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
We are not alone in our own solar system. And only now will the truth be revealed.
Eagle: Birds of Flight - Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,380. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.75)
This is the third installment of the Birds of Flight series. Meet Alex Burns - he's just like Jason Bourne but he remembers everything from the very start making him the government's most dangerous enemy! Eagle picks up where Raven left off
Go Down Swinging: Erotic Romance for Professional Women
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,210. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(4.33)
What do you do when you find your rich wife being satisfied by another man, and she has control of all the money - you call your cousins who have been in the sex trade for years, establish a sex service for women only only, make a lot of money so you can take the kids and leave her!
Raven: Birds of Flight—Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,450. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.50)
What if Jason Bourne remembered everything right from the very start? What would happen to his therapist and nurse that helped him through his post-trauma amnesia? Would the government that trained him want him and his friends to live now? What would he do to protect himself and the people who helped him from his ruthlessly efficient, former boss? Raven picks up where Albatross left off.
Albatross: Birds of Flight—Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,580. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.50)
What if Jason Bourne remembered everything right from the very start? What would happen to his therapist and nurse that helped him through his post-trauma amnesia? Would the government that trained him want him and his friends to live now? What would he do to protect himself and the people who helped him from his ruthlessly efficient, former boss?
Time is for Dragonflies and Angels
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,350. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.25)
Time is for Dragonflies and Angels is a collection of flash science fiction and novellas that embraces the ideas of multi-universes and dimensions, critical decisions and judgments, and human struggles associated with racism and dystopian societies.
To See Behind Walls
Price: Free! Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The 2016 version of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty short story: This short story is about Benjamin Wood. He is a suburban father of two, loving husband and dog owner in Middle America who has a lot of things to do around the house on a cold, winter Saturday morning. You may not know anyone like him but at the very least he will be familiar to you.
Future Prometheus: The Series
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 184,160. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In the tradition of dystopian science-fiction, the Future Prometheus - The Series compiles five novellas into on full-length epic of a world where the science we know today has warped into masterful and terrifying ways. Covering the span of one hundred sixty years, a pandemic has killed nearly all men, women have established military matriarch, and the rise of androids threaten all of humanity.
Rogue Event
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,840. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50)
Rogue Event is a collection of six integrated science fiction short stories (novella) presented in under a hundred pages. The story arc looks at the approach of a massive rogue planet hurtling past our solar system from five very different perspectives. The year is 2137 and Earth is united into one global organization. While collision is not possible, danger on a global scale is probable.
Intelligent Design: Revelations to Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,110. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Two science fiction novellas, Revelations and Apocalypse, in one book. Revelations finds two women on different worlds finding more truths than expected or wanted. Apocalypse may mean the end of one world but the beginning for other planets within our own solar system.
Flight of the Black Swan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,840. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.67)
Flight of the Black Swan is an action/adventure novella from the Birds of Flight series. Departing from the full novel format, this novella takes off right where Falcon left off with action and unresolved questions. Based on the series’ rich storyline, complex plot, and layered characters, this novella assumes that the reader has read the four prior books – Albatross, Raven, Eagle and Falcon.
Falcon: Birds of Flight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,740. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.50)
Falcon is the fourth installation of the action/adventure series Birds of Flight. In the previous book, Eagle, former government agent Alexander J. Burns was captured by Eric Daniels' men to be brought back alive for interrogation. Finally, the truth will be revealed and most of the loose ends will be tied.
The Prince: Lucifer's Origins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,270. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.50)
Prince Victor Venture IX is a twelve year old prince who has successfully avoided his call to serve. All is not as it would appear. Palace intrigues, conspiracies and lust for power pervades the Kingdom while the ancient species, the Xenon, desperately try to prevent further atrocities upon the realm's own citizens.
Intelligent Design II: Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,920. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.50)
Hidden planets, preexisting advanced civilizations, coexisting hominid species, and new revelations have all led to the end of days. Whether by twist of fate or by the hands of the Originators, the Jovian planet is about to ignite into a sun. Apocalypse picks up from where the award-winning Intelligent Design: Revelations leaves off, with more answers that are far darker than the questions.
Intelligent Design:Revelations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,640. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.50)
“Intelligent Design: Revelations is a wonderfully absorbing science fiction novella presenting existential questions that occupy the reader’s mind long after the book has been put down....the dialogue is well-crafted and meaningful and the characters fully reveal their humanity as they interact with one another and react to events that are life-changing and beyond control.” - Suzanne Owen, Editor

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