James Stewart Thayer


Born
in Eugene, Oregon, The United States
May 25, 1949

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James Thayer is the son of a wheat farmer, and he was raised in Spokane and the farm country in eastern Washington. He graduated from Washington State University and the University of Chicago Law School, and now teaches novel writing at the University of Washington extension school where in 2015 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Arts, Writing and Humanities. The New York Times Book Review says his "writing is smooth and clear. Deceptively simple, it wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve.” His The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel is a leading manual for fiction writers. Thayer is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the International Thriller Writers. He and his family l ...more

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House of Eight Orchids

3.99 avg rating — 726 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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White Star

4.02 avg rating — 429 ratings — published 1995 — 9 editions
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Show or Tell?: A Powerful L...

4.17 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 2013
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Five Past Midnight

3.78 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1997 — 11 editions
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Pursuit

4.17 avg rating — 165 ratings — published 1986 — 8 editions
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S-Day

3.89 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Terminal Event

3.29 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Man of the Century

4.19 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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The Essential Guide to Writ...

4.28 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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The Earhart Betrayal

3.75 avg rating — 67 ratings4 editions
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