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James Maxey

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in Roanoke, Virginia, The United States
March 02, 1964

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I've been an avid reader since I first picked up a book. Luckily, I was within biking distance of three different libraries growing up. I was a skinny kid. If only I had maintained that link between biking and reading, I might be a skinny adult.

I'm also a writer. I wrote my first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts. When I was a teenager, I used to write superhero adventures. Then I went to college and was steered toward writing "literature." It took me several years to shake that off, and today I write the sort of books I devoured by the shelf when I was sixteen, fast-paced fantasy, SF, and superhero adventures, which I use to explore deeper questions about life. My goal is to always be thought-provoking and always be fun
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James Maxey I grew up mostly in Roanoke, Virginia. I've lived briefly in Union, Mississippi and Statesville, NC went to college near Asheville, worked after…moreI grew up mostly in Roanoke, Virginia. I've lived briefly in Union, Mississippi and Statesville, NC went to college near Asheville, worked after college a few years in Richmond, Virginia, then lived near Greensboro for several years, and now live in Hillsborough, NC. I scatter a lot of real place names and settings through my writing. My Bitterwood novels unfold in a post apocalyptic south, and, as you noted, my Nobody universe superhero novels mention a lot of places I've either lived or at least visited. I find that the inherent weirdness of the idea of superheroes gets a bit if a boost by yanking them out of big famous cities and putting them into smaller settings.

I saw that the Pizza Hut on Battleground was gone last time I was through the area. Back in the late nineties, I used to work at the FedexOffice in that shopping center and would go there for their lunch buffet. I now eat a much healthier diet than unlimited pizza every day for lunch, but I was still a little sad to see it was gone.
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James Maxey Eric, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. If I got a notification someone asked a question, I completely overlooked it. But, if you're still out…moreEric, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. If I got a notification someone asked a question, I completely overlooked it. But, if you're still out there waiting for an answer, it's probably pretty obvious from the story that I'm a huge comic book geek. At one point, I was reading a Justice League story and some minor JLA member had passed away and two pages later the character was completely forgotten. But, I figured that the characters had to be pretty bored with death and dying, since pretty much ever single member of the Justice League had died at one point or another, then revived, sometimes in continuity, sometimes by reboot. And, for ever superhero death, villains perish at least a dozen times, but then they come back and everyone is, like, "Whatevs. Folks come back from death all the time. Yawn." I really wanted to write a story where the cost of not being able to die a permanent death was explored. As far as a message, I don't know. For comic book fans, the story is probably an interesting take on a common trope that hasn't been looked at with the depth it deserves. If there's a message to be extrapolated into the real world, I guess it could be summed up as "death sucks, but never dying might be worse." (less)
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I'll confess: My love of the novel Moby Dick began with this illustrated edition. It plucks out the best parts of the story from Melvilles somewhat overwhelming prose and gets right to the heart of what makes this work and enduring classic.
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“I decided long ago that life's absurd. If you don't develop a sense of humor, it will drive you mad.”
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“By the bones!" said Shay. "He has all seven!"

"All seven what?"

"The Potter biographies! The College of Spires only had five of the volumes... four now, since I stole one."

"What's so special about these books?" She picked up one of the fat tomes and flipped it open.

"Potter was a member of a race of wizards who lived in the last days of the human age," said Shay.

Jandra frowned as she flipped through the pages. "Are you certain this isn't fiction?" She asked.”
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James Maxey You're welcome! I should be getting the books mailed out on Monday. Glad to hear you enjoyed Bitterwood as well!


Lucinda James,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request! I remember reading 'Bitterwood' a while back and loving it, so it is wonderful to have won a copy (via. GR Giveaway) of 'Nobody gets the girl'. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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