11 February 2013

Author of a new book - 'Full Marks' interviewed by Justin Steckbauer*

Interview with Author Neal James, an insightful discussion of his latest book.

Give us a quick introduction on yourself and your book.
I am Neal James, UK author, and I began writing in 2006. By day I am an accountant, and all of my writing to date has been completed in whatever spare time I have outside of that employment. Since 2008 I have through Pneuma Springs Publishing released three novels and an anthology. In 2013, my fourth novel 'Full Marks' will join the growing portfolio.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I had been writing short stories on a couple if US writing sites, but one of them seemed to have the potential for a much longer piece of work. That was 'A Ticket to Tewkesbury' (ISBN9781905809349), and followed the love story between a soldier returning from France in 1945 and the nurse whom he met at a recuperation hospital in Kent. The novel itself evolved into a spy thriller and the chase for a set of highly secret documents.

Do you have a specific writing style?
No, although the novels so far have all been crime-related. The anthology, however, is a real mix of romance, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, crime, and humour. 2015's novel, 'The Rings of Darelius' is a science fiction work of some 80,000 words.

How did you come up with the title?
Full Marks? The 2013 release stemmed from a number of short story case files involving my detective, Dennis Marks. It's a full account of his career, hence the title 'Full Marks'.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Only that good will come out in the end most of the time, but that there is always a trial to go through before the hero emerges vindicated.

How much of the book is realistic?
I write about what I know, or what I can reasonably find out. The legal and forensic aspects are realistic, as are the personal circumstances of all of those characters involved. There are a number of factual scenarios which lend credibility to them plot line, and I don't speculate on what may or may not happen - there are no 'what if' situations.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sometimes. I may use aspects of the character of several people I know to make up a single player in a book. There are also parts of me in some of them, although I will not tell you which one. Events can be, and in some cases are, drawn from experience, but the overriding theme is one of fiction.

*Justin Steckbauer
Justin Steckbauer is a Christian and self help blogger on Yahoo! Voices. Justin also interviews new and upcoming authors. He has been published over 200 times in magazines, newspapers and online outlets across the country. He is a Bible interpretation expert and social media mastermind. Justin is currently studying Pastoral Ministry at Christian Leaders Institute. He recently obtained a certificate in Christian Basics. He was editor of his college newspaper at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. He has several published books. He learned his trade from reading the classics and studying the habits of journalists like Tom Wolfe..
He was heavily influenced by greats like Philip K. Dick, Dale Carnegie, Hunter Thompson, and the authors of the Bible. He has written several award winning essays on history, and earned recognition in poetry writing as well. He lives and works out of his home tucked into the woods of central Wisconsin.