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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.

What does a Sacramento Veterinarian and Indiana Jones have in common?

Answer: James Czajkowski.


Oh, sorry. You’ll know him better by his pseudonym, James Rollins; the SIGMA Force Series and New York Times bestselling author.

Chicago born James grew up with comic book hero Doc Savage. Years later, a fan pointed out the similarities between his childhood hero and his writing. James had not even realised.

Graduating from the University of Missouri in 1985, James moved to Sacramento, California and established his own veterinary practice. A thousand miles from the successful author he is now, James’ love for science would prove to be the foundation for many future novels.

In 1999, James sold his first novel under the name James Clemens when he entered a writing contest at the Maui Writers’ Conference. He caught the eye of Publisher and Judge,  Terry Brooks and Wit’ch Fire was the first of five books in the The Banned and the Banished series. A year later, James released Subterranean; his first stand alone book under the name ‘Rollins’.

Never far away from his love of Doc Savage, in 2007 James was asked to adapt Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull into a novel. And, as an added bonus, he was given the go ahead to add several new scenes – thrilling Indie lovers worldwide.

Writing two novels a year, including the Jake Ransom children’s series, leaves little room for time off. Add to that the book tours, interviews, seminars and talks taking him across America, Europe and Australia, its hard to see how James finds time to relax. Then again, his idea of relaxation comes in the guise of spelunking, scuba diving, and hiking.

And, to top that, James’ skill and generosity at mentoring have made him a firm favorite with aspiring writers. A regular guest speaker for workshops and conventions, James is also among the core faculty of the annual Hawaii Writers Conference and Retreat.

Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, debuted May 3, 2011 and The Devil Colony, was released June 21, 2011.

As unbelievable as it sounds, James found the time to answer these ten questions. Just as well it was a quick interview.

1. What is your favorite word?   Sluice

2. What is your least favorite word?   Phlegm

3. What turns you on?   Caving

4. What turns you off?  Colds

5. What sound do you love?   Laughter

6. What sound do you hate?   Jeering

7. What is your favorite curse word?   Frak

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   Archaeologist

9. What profession would you not like to do?   Accountant

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   Welcome

The Devil Colony (A Sigma Force Novel)    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull    Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

Contact Information

For information regarding James books and publishing company please visit the my website: http://www.jamesrollins.com/site

Twitter: @Jamesrollins

Blog: http://www.jamesrollins.com/blog

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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for actors…..Now, I’m doing it for writers.

Bob Mayer has had quite the career.

Graduating from West Point, he went on to serve in Special Forces (Green Berets), commanded an A-Team battalion operation, and served in many ‘classified’ Special Operations as well as appear on TV’s Discovery Channel.

As an author, Bob’s books have achieved the N.Y. Times Best-sellers list, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today with books such as Write It Forward (and now a Write It Forward Blog), and historical novel Duty, Honor, Country.

He has written over 50 books, selling more than 4 million copies, with stories such as his Area 51 and Atlantis series (writing as Robert Doherty). He writes for genres including science fiction, thriller, suspense and romance, and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll.

As well as being co-creator of ‘Who Dares Wins’ publishing, Bob teaches endless writing workshops, has completed 14 marathons, qualified as Master Parachutist/Jumpmaster, earned a black belt, and graduated the International Mountain Climbing School.

So, what ten things could we possible ask a man like Bob?

1.   What is your favorite word?  Peace

2.   What is your least favorite word?  Hate

3.   What turns you on?  Creating

4.   What turns you off?  Stupidity 

5.   What sound do you love?  Surf

6.   What sound do you hate?  Gunfire

7.   What is your favorite curse word?  Frack

8.   What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?  None

9.   What profession would you not like to do?  Cubicle

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  Welcome

The Jefferson Allegiance Print BookWrite It Forward: From Writer to Published Author PrintChasing the Ghost Print

Contact Information

For information regarding workshops, on-line workshops, conferences, keynotes or a consultation for your business please contact Bob.

SMail: PO Box 392, Langley, WA 98230

Click here for FAQ press kit regarding The Nine Special ‘Forces’.

Click here for a list of all keynotes.

Go to the WRITE IT FORWARD blog for writing tips and interesting topics regarding publishing and all things writerly.

For information regarding my books and publishing company please visit the Who Dares Wins Publishing website.

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