Also, please listen to a story on NHPR about This I Believe: On Fatherhood that features a bit about my essay with me reading a portion at: info.nhpr.org/essays-and-about-dad
Welcome to My Modest Home on the Web
Thanks for taking the time to visit my website and to browse through these pages. As you will see, I am a writer with a diverse portfolio of written works and talents that includes everything from ghostwriting books exploring the intersection of cutting edge business concepts and technology to short stories to narrative essays and more.
If you are here because you need a ghostwriter for your next project, please take a look at my ghostwriting page where you will find my unique yet effective framework for ensuring that your vision is captured early in the process and rendered effectively and efficiently on the page. You will also find links to a number of samples—book chapters and white papers—that are intended to demonstrate the level of skill and expertise I will bring to your project.
If you are interested in taking a look at my creative writing, please visit my fiction, narrative essay, and narrative nonfiction pages where you will find samples and more. In particular, I am currently seeking representation for a book I am working on based on interviews I did with the surviving members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade—the American volunteers that fought in the Spanish Civil War in the mid-1930s. On this page I have links to sample interview transcripts as well as a brief explanation of the project I am working on.
Lastly, below is the front cover and brief jacket copy for my collection of short stories titled Selling Their Childhood. There are sample stories from that collection here on my website so if you like what you see please consider ordering the book. No matter your reason for landing on my website, I thank you and encourage you to send a note to let me know what you think t James@orchardwriting.com.
The stories collected in this book are compelling, real, sensual and experiential. They are narratives that draw the reader into the lives and experiences of people quietly, yet bravely facing the complexities of life as they seek the most simple of goals—happiness.
There is the teenage boy sitting on the steps of a bus station in Omaha trying to see that there is a life for him beyond prostituting himself to the men who drive in from the suburbs.
There is the woman losing herself in the deep blue of the landscape as she patiently and painfully waits as her husband and sister work to make a child as a last hope to build a family.
And there is the new dad desperately trying to calm his child as he wrestles with the reality underlying his wife’s idealism.
These as well as the other stories collected in this book explore the textures of life and are told in a manner that allows the reader to see and feel the worlds these characters inhabit.