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Saturday, February 9, 2013

2-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Six ~ Steven James!!

Welcome back, Steven, and thank you for celebrating Christian Bookshelf Reviews' 2-Year Blogoversary with us! What are your current projects?

Right now I'm working hard on finishing the first draft of Singularity the second book in my new series featuring illusionist and escape artist Jevin Banks. I have several projects on the horizon, but I'm doing my best to focus on just this one—something I don't tend to do very well.

What was the hardest part of writing your latest book?

The toughest challenge in crafting Placebo was researching quantum mechanics and something called quantum entanglement. Honestly, I still don't understand how it all works, but I had to pull off sounding like an expert when I wrote the book. Research can be fun, or it can wear me down. In this case, it just ended up bewildering me.

What books have influenced your life the most?

There's a novel I read a number of years ago entitled The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
It really taught me how to write concisely. I also loved the book Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft.
It made me think about my faith in fresh ways and really impacted my philosophical understanding of the gospel.

I'm a huge fan of The Bowers Files. What inspired you to start the series and what can we expect in The King?

Originally, I wanted to write a detective novel but kept running into the same types of investigation—DNA research and profiling. I wanted something unique and eventually stumbled onto geo-spacial profiling and my FBI agent Patrick Bowers. The King is really a way of keeping promises from previous books, and it includes the climatic encounters of Patrick facing down two of his biggest nemeses—Basque and Valkyrie.

You also have a new series, The Jevin Banks Experience. Is Placebo different than your other thrillers? How many books do you have planned for the series?

We're planning for three books, and they do have a different feel than the Patrick Bowers crime novels. These are more high-concept thrillers than police procedurals. It's been fun to write stories with a slightly different flavor, and I think it's improving my work on the Bowers series by keeping things fresh.

What's your favorite party food?


Do you have a favorite birthday/party memory you'd like to share?

I'm not really one for celebrating my birthday (that's a story for another time). So nothing really pops to mind except a party my wife threw after I won a Christy Award for The Bishop.

What are your top three favorite songs?

My favorite songs tend to change every couple weeks.
Right now one of my favorites is Life Design by The Parlotones.

What's your favorite comfort food?

Mashed Potatoes

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?

I write standing up.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Zephaniah 3:17

A few this-or-that questions:

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms

Facebook or Twitter? FB

Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate

Indoors or Outdoors? Outdoors

Early-Bird or Night-Owl? Depends on what I'm working on. I edit better in the mornings; I write first drafts better late at night.

Thank you so much for being here!!


You can find Steven James online at: his website, AskTheAuthor.netTwitter (@sjamesauthor), Facebook, Goodreads


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  1. Melanie, first let me say Happy Blog Anniversary, I should have said this a few days ago. Your blog is such a blessing to me and it's so informative and refreshing. I've read the entire Patrick Bowers series and plan to buy the series one of these days. Great interview with Steven James. Hugs, Susan Fryman

  2. I've always thought that someone with a stage magician background would be a good protagonist for a novel or series - I remember a short-lived TV show called Blacke's Magic, where Hal Linden used his experiences to solve crimes. (Harry Morgan was in it, too - his father, maybe?)

  3. He writes standing up? That is interesting.

  4. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I have been wanting to read "Placebo" !!!! Perhaps this will be my "moment" - Steven James sounds like a good writer and his works good reads.

  6. I am so happy there is another Steven James book out.

  7. Ok, I want to hear more about this "writing standing up"! WHAT?!

    I just recently read The Pawn and have to say that I am hooked! Looking forward to reading the rest of the Patrick Bowers series.

    Great interview!

  8. I have enjoyed visiting several days on your blogoversary and it is fantastic, thanks for sharing. today is a new author for me and not my usual type of reading but he sounds like a wonderful guy and I like to read something different every now and then...thanks for your comments today Steven James.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  9. Happy Blog Anniversary! The interview was very interesting. I reviewed "Story" by Steven James in 2012, and loved it.


  10. Haven't read any of Steven's book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of his book!


  11. Steven James!!! Bower Files def going on my TBR!!!!

  12. I'm really enjoying your blog and the variety of authors that you are interviewing and reviewing... I have never read him before or even heard of his books but he is now added to my reading list! I love reading different types of books!!!
    Lisa Medeiros

  13. Enter me!!
    Sharon Richmond

  14. Happy Blogoversary!!!!! It is so nice for you to celebrate with us!!!


  15. Steven James writes great books! I just can't wait until the new ones come out!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

  16. Happy Blogoversary! I love your blog!

  17. Happy Blogoversary!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  18. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Katie J

  20. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!

  21. I enjoy this author and would love to read this book.

  22. I've thought this one looked interesting...thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I haven't read any of Steven James' work but I would love to. Thanks for the chance!
    Jasmine A.

  24. Interesting interview, and that you write standing up. Thank you for this giveaway.

  25. I have not read any of Steve's books but would sure like to.
    we appreciate your generosity. Would love to win.

  26. Steve james' books sounds very good. Would love to read them. I hope tho\is will become a part of our library. Thanks!

    1. Sorry about the typo. I always forget to add my e-mail worley.la@gmail.com

  27. The professors that teach quantum mechanics in college don't understand it either. It's just a theory that these scientists made up and unless you are going to work for the government or want to make Schroedinger's cat jokes at parties, it's not really useful.

  28. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  30. I have been trying to read more thrillers and broaden my literary horizons. I also have several friends who like thrillers, so if I win, I'll have someone to pass the book onto after I read it! :D

    Thanks for hosting!

  31. I am reading the Patrick Bowers series and they are wonderful. You can't put 'em down. I look at the clock and it's 1:30am and I have to be up early. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. This was fun! :D Loving the Bowers' series, Steven! You've landed in my top 10 favorite writers. And I don't even normally read your genre. :D

  33. thanks for the chance sounds like a great book

  34. After starting on The Pawn (my first Steven James book) one year ago, I was hooked. Steven James has been my favorite author ever since. :)

  35. This looks like a great read! Hope I win.

  36. I would love to win this for my husband! Sounds like a book we both would enjoy!

  37. I think I've been missing out, as I haven't read anything by Steven James. I would love to read Placebo.

    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com


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