J. S. James novel, River Run: A Delia Chavez Mystery, (Crooked Lane Books, available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Penguin Random House) Rtook the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s mystery/thriller prize and received a “Highly Commended” second place in the Crime Writer’s Association’s Debut Dagger competition in London. A recent review in the Oregonian placed River Run as one of “9 books to creep you out this Halloween season.” He concocted River Run out of several harrowing experiences on the Willamette and other rivers in Western Oregon. Unlike some in River Run, he and his younger brother survived them.
To be honest, James was spinning his writing wheels, until he entered and won the PNWA competition that supplied the traction needed to finish his debut novel. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his family, including their “Velcro” vizsla and furry red exercise machine, Maggie. He writes mostly in a village theatre coffee shop for atmosphere, and mines a tribal casino for character ideas. He is currently hard at work on more stories in the genre. Visit https://jsjamesfictionist.com for summaries of works in progress.