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James P. Sumner

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James P. Sumner Hi Joanie,

It's lovely to hear from you and thank you for your question!

I admit I have zero inside knowledge - I spend many hours researching the…more
Hi Joanie,

It's lovely to hear from you and thank you for your question!

I admit I have zero inside knowledge - I spend many hours researching the weaponry, technology and locations in my novels. I typically verify anything on at least three websites before I'll believe it to be accurate. I then give that information to Adrian Hell!

In terms of how the stories come about, I tend to look at it from the character's perspective. Because the series of novels focus on the life of Adrian Hell, they all loosely follow on from one another. The idea for Crucible took a few months to take shape and is a culmination of a few different ideas that I had.

About halfway through writing any book, I start to think, what comes next? What's the next logical step to take if you were in Adrian's shoes? I try and think of one big idea or plotline that would suit the character, then tame it a little and expand it and find the believable step for Adrian to take that will link the previous book into the next one. I find inspiration in everything. For example, I woke up at 3am one night from a weird dream - the events of which, after some tweaking, formed the storyline for my second book!

I'm currently working on the final draft of the fourth book, which I started planning not long after I started the third one. I plan ahead so I can then guide my current book so to fit in with my idea for the next step in the series.

I find using spreadsheets to be particularly useful when planning a story, as they help me manage the timeline and the events in the book to come.

I hope I've answered your question and I really hope you enjoy my books.

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James P. Sumner Hi Samuel,

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For me, a story told in the first person lives or dies on the strength of the character. The story, in a way, is…more
Hi Samuel,

Thank you for your question!

For me, a story told in the first person lives or dies on the strength of the character. The story, in a way, is secondary to the protagonist. Because events in the novel unfold in real time, through the eyes of your main character, you need to develop a strong voice for your hero. The story is told not through narrative, but through inner dialogue and conversation. If the reader isn't invested in your character, they won't care what that character does.

It has its pros and cons compared to the more typical third person perspective, but in my opinion, where it limits a more broader storytelling experience, it provides the reader with a much deeper connection to the character, which, going back to my earlier point, is important because they are what drives the story. Knowing how your character's mind works, how they think, why they make the decisions they make... it makes them more realistic, more accessible and easier to relate to. As a reader, I prefer that over long-winded, scene-setting narrative, so as a writer, I tried to make it a more engaging experience, so the reader felt as if they were ducking bullets alongside Adrian Hell.(less)
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“The thing about fights, I mean real fights, is that they’re nothing like what you see on TV. There’s no fancy choreography, no drawn-out, back and forth battle and the sad truth is the good guy doesn’t always win. In reality, they’re quick, scrappy, and brutal, and the winner is quite simply the guy who doesn’t fight fair—at”
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