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James Litherland

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I’m a graduate of the University of South Florida, and I now reside as a Virtual Hermit in the wilds of West Tennessee. I've lived various places and done a number of jobs – been an office worker and done hard manual labor, worked (briefly) in the retail and service sectors, and been an instructor. But through all that, I've always been a writer.

I’ve been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew and devoured all the pulpy adventure stories I could get my hands on before moving to genre greats like Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov. Then in junior high I became a writer. I started studying the craft of writing – reading books and magazine articles, joining a writers’ group, and taking creative writing cla
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James Litherland As long as I have interesting stories to tell. The larger stories for both Slowpocalypse and Watchbearers aren't ones with definite endpoints, but br…more As long as I have interesting stories to tell. The larger stories for both Slowpocalypse and Watchbearers aren't ones with definite endpoints, but broad canvases against which to paint smaller stories about the lives of different people caught up in bigger events.

Take the Slowpocalypse series. The third book in the series, which I'm writing right now, is essentially the third book in a trilogy, bringing the story that started with Certain Hypothetical to one kind of end, but not a final end. It's also a new beginning, offering the potential for new stories to come. Then book four will feature different characters in a different location, in a 'side story' that will stand on its own. But that won't mean you've seen the last of the characters from those four books - far from it.

These individual stories of the Slowpocalypse then, taken together tell a much larger story, of people building a new society out of the ashes of the old one - and that will be a generational effort. The first several books in the series are just the start, and the characters are more focused on surviving the collapse of our modern civilization than on building anything.

But if you can't wait to know how it all turns out, the Watchbearers series at least offers some hints. Because those time-travelers come from the future the people will be building in Slowpocalypse.(less)
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“She lifted a corner of the long coat she had wrapped around her rifle. ‘This is Frank.’ The girl had named her gun.

Lisa shook her head. ‘Why Frank?’

Grace smiled. ‘Because he’s very direct.”
James Litherland, Threat Multiplication

“Caroline hated to interrupt the woman, but she had to stop that kind of talk. Relegating donuts and muffins and crackers and cookies to ‘and such’ was a good way to get them all lynched.”
James Litherland, Compromised Inside

“Fear is always there—sometimes softly tapping, sometimes banging on the door—but never let it in, Kat. If you do, it will take over, and you cannot allow your actions to be dictated by fear. Every move you make should flow from what you know in your heart is right. Guided by your intelligence and training.”
James Litherland, Durable Impressions

“Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
Neil Gaiman

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L'Amour

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell. Because there will always be better writers than you, and there will always be smarter writers than you, and there will always be, you know, people who are much better at doing this or doing that, but you are the only you.”
Neil Gaiman

“No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment. If it entertains and is clean, it is good literature, or its kind. If it forms the habit of reading, in people who might not read otherwise, it is the best literature.”
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