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James Snyder

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James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived in many parts of the United States before settling with his family in Napa Valley. Among a variety of careers and occupations, he was a soldier with a tactical mobile operations unit in Germany, as well as an executive for a Fortune 500 company.

He has published short stories in the Houghton Mifflin Black Mask anthologies, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and was a finalist in the New Letters’ Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. He is the author of the military thriller AMERICAN WARRIOR, the suspense thriller DESOLATION RUN, the literary coming-of-age THE BEAUTIFUL-UGLY, and the short story collection TALES OF THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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Actually I’ve been writing almost from the time I learned how to hold a pencil and read books. Stories just began to form in my mind and I …more
Hey Kamryn,
Actually I’ve been writing almost from the time I learned how to hold a pencil and read books. Stories just began to form in my mind and I went with it. I wrote small things at first, bits of description, almost stories, and then moving toward real stories. I did not approach the writing of novels until I gained some maturity, moved out into the world, and got some ups and downs in life. When I left college and joined the military, the bigger stories that could only be told in novel form began to appear. The best way I can describe it is that these larger stories began to mirror the world around me, the life I was living, and eventually the two sides began to meld together. I probably wrote half a dozen or so novels, in various stages of development, before American Warrior, my first published novel, pushed everything aside and took precedent. I write novels, simply, because I have no choice. Connelly Pierce came to me during a road trip I was making with my daughter in the Texas outback. I was actually half way through another novel, but she (Connelly) kept pushing and pushing, and finally I stopped what I was doing and wrote The Beautiful-Ugly. The girl just wouldn’t let it go. Go figure. Anyway, thanks for your interest in my writing.
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“what I do know is, when you fight yourself, no matter who wins, you lose.”
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“The mountains above them came more and more into view. They were black misshapen heaves of the earth’s volcanic crust forced skyward, jutting and cracked and forbidding. They seemed lifeless as a moonscape, though seemingly filled with a dark living wonder that made them seem they would start to breathe at any moment. They offered no welcome, even as they seemed luring and magnetic in their presence. As if they held secrets beyond care or revelation, though beckoning and unforgettable. Bewitchment filled the cold desert air.”
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