James Watts was born in Birmingham, Alabama in March of 1976. Growing up in the small town of West Jefferson, Alabama, Watts spent his days lost in his vivid imagination.
At age 10, he discovered the Hardy Boys mystery series and fell in love with reading. By Age 12 the discovery of Stephen King’s The Stand gave life to his need to write, to tell stories that he hoped the world would love.
Please welcome James Watts to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I would say around eleven or twelve. It was shortly after I finished reading Stephen King’s The Stand. I remember finishing that novel and thinking how cool it would be to write my own stories. Halloween was near and my teacher assigned us the task of writing a scary story. I did, seeing that this was the opportunity I needed to start writing, and it was horrible. Fortunately, my teacher saw something good about it and encouraged me to keep writing.
2. How many books have you written?
Three. Two were for a POD publisher that I will not name, and my newest work THEM, to be released soon from Hellbound Books.
3. Anything you won’t write about.
I will not write anything that glorifies or depicts in a positive way, child abuse, animal cruelty, and assaulting women, showing disrespect for our country, racism or any other prejudice, and murder. True the above may be part of a story or novel, since I write horror, but to make any these things sound wonderful is, in my opinion, is a sign of a truly depraved mind.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 41, 42 in March. St. Patrick’s day. I was married twice, divorced twice. My first wife passed a few years back. I have a son, Bailey, by my first wife. He actually turns twenty in a few days. I feel so old. I currently work for a grocery store as a stocker.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I would like to say THEM, as I am fond of the story. However, I am working on a new novel that is shaping up to be pretty high up on my list, the short list that it is.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I started reading for enjoyment around nine-years-old. Started out with the Hardy Boys mystery series. And then at eleven, maybe twelve, I picked up Stephen King’s The Stand. After reading The Stand, followed by The Shining, I was motivated to tell my own stories.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Living in the country, I like going fishing, camping, and on the rare occasion target shooting. I enjoy woodworking, watching movies, reading, video games, and hanging out with friends and family. I love bowling and shooting pool, although I am not very good at either. I also enjoy visiting anywhere that is supposedly haunted.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Until I recently quit smoking, I would smoke a cigarette and enjoy a beer. I do not drink often and I only drink the one, but it is my little reward to myself.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Generally, I write in my small office. If it is a nice day I will break out my laptop and sit on the porch and write or maybe head over to the park. I prefer to write with some sort of background noise. Music is my go-to. If it is too quiet I actually find it harder to work.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I hope to develop my craft so that I can improve my writing.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is to write full-time. Being a famous writer would be amazing. However, if I could just be popular enough so that I sold a decent amount of books, enough books to ensure that my 9 to 5 was writing, I would be happy. And I would hope that those buying my books would be happy with what I was writing.
12. Where do you live?
Dora, Alabama. Roughly a thirty minute drive to Birmingham.
I currently have two cats, one adult, and one kitten. I am hoping to have some more reptile pets soon. I love lizards.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating the characters and the worlds that they live in. One of the reasons I use actual locations is because I love the process of creating my own.
15. What is coming next for you?
I am cooking up a few novels. Hoping to have them finished soon.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
It is generally random. Sometimes I may hear, read or see something that sparks a story idea. And a few times the idea grew from a story I was dabbling with.
You can connect with James Watts here:
My author site
My Facebook book promo site
And a social site that I created for creativemminds
James Watts book with HellBound: