Meet Author James Stanley
I'm pleased to have author James Stanley here today!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a fun guy, born in WA state and witness to foreign policy tension between particular countries in the East and the US. With one threatening the US with nuclear war, I was inspired to write this book.
2. Is Writing your full time profession, or do you have a day job?
Well writing these books has by far been a very profitable “day job” I’ve had so far. That’s the problem when you’re a student; no one hires you until you have a degree!
2. What is your book about?
Great State, the first one anyway, is about big government becoming “bad government.” It follows the adventures of a government employee who turns from a hardened Marxist into a full-fledged, “dangerous” capitalist. After reflecting upon the impact of the disheartening detainment centers, he makes a “dangerous” swing to capitalist side of the political spectrum, and makes it his mission to uproot the evil from within the country, by dismantling the President’s grip on society. It’s a game of office politics, heart-pounding action, and fits in the category of dystopias next to George Orwell’s 1984, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and the parent novel of 1984, “We” by Zamyatin.
3. What is your current project?
My current project is the second in the Great State series, which is called Emergence.
4. What is your process? Does your mood/location have to be specific or can you write anywhere and anytime?
It’s changed due to the need to be absolutely precise in some of the speeches in the book. Politics is often a controversial and complicated issue, but I lay it out quite simply in the books. I used to write 10 pages—every day—when I was producing Emergence. Now school, perhaps the perennial impediment to writing daily, has interfered with that.
6. What do you read?
Mostly dystopia novels, though if Christopher Nolan were to write a book and not a screenplay, I certainly would read it. J
7. What’s the last book you read?
Republic Lost by Lawrence Lessig, though the last preferred book I read was 1984 by George Orwell (for the second time).
8. How can readers find you?
I’m on Amazon and have an author profile.
9. Where can they buy your books?
10. Anything you’d like to add?
These books push you to think. Sure, there’s a balance of plot and character arcs to appeal to those who like that sort of thing. But plot is equally important. And what follows from a plot are sections devoted to reinforce thinking objectively and emotionlessly—to see a humanitarian crisis for what it is, no matter how well it may be hidden ideologically. I hope you enjoy it.