Interview with James W George

1.      Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

Jealousy.  That sense of furious, uncontrollable, raging envy we all feel at one time or another.  The way it manifests itself in absurdly inappropriate settings like church and Christmas celebrations.  It’s often a great subject to explore in fiction.

Christmas is supposed to be about peace on earth and goodwill toward men, and we spend so much of the season fixated on who has the best light display, whose kids are getting the best presents, and who bakes the best cookies.  I’m definitely no exception.

2.      What made you decide to enter this “Christmas Cookie” contest?

I love to write but I kind have been spinning my wheels this year.  I’ve started three different novels and set them all aside.  I just can’t decide what I want to write next.

As such, it was a pleasure to immerse myself in a short story – something I could write in one sitting.

3.      Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

On my Goodreads blog I have a list of my ten favorite books, so that offers a pretty good glimpse into my tastes.  I love historical fiction (Cornwell, Liss), classic dystopia (Orwell, Huxley), cops and lawyers (Connelly, Turow), and non-fiction (Sarah Vowell, Kenneth Davis).  And since I’ve practically memorized Catch 22, we should probably add Joseph Heller to the list.

4.      What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

I really enjoyed Roger Daltrey’s autobiography, "Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite."  I’m a bit of a classic rock maniac, so I love a good rock star bio.  Frequently they get dragged down with excessive yammering about substance abuse and other distractions, but Daltrey achieved a pretty good balance.

5.      What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

There are approximately five million books for sale in the Amazon Kindle Store, so if you think the world needs another one, you’d better be extremely passionate about it.

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