Interview with Author James Christie – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author James Christie

Author James Christie, aged 51, from London, England, has written biographies on different aspects of his life for a little over 30 years.

They were originally in diary form, but over a period of time, managed to type and re-edit most of them into manuscripts, all waiting to be published.  Collectively, they are known as ‘The Dark Chronicles’ because as the name suggests, it’s not been an easy experience going through society, life and people in general.  He writes with his heart-and sometimes with anger and resent, but all mixed with sarcastic wit.

Tell me more about your latest book

The latest book is in fact the first book I wrote, edited, and proof-read and therefore the first book to be published.

It is about a period of my life between the years 2007 and 2012 which was spent most of the time in what we in the UK call ‘The West Country’ and leading up to and including the events in the book, first of all being a horticulture student in Exeter, Devon, and then later on leaving my home city of London for good to try and start a new life in Cornwall, along the way having a series of disastrous relationships as well as facing ignorance and bigotry on a scale I thought unimaginable. As with all my work this is told from a non-Caucasian perspective so some of the content in the book, although mixed in parts with savage wit and sarcastic humour, will be disturbing and upsetting. It exposes how certain people in society can be exploitive, manipulative and just simply vile.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

Having the willpower to get it completed in the first place.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

After years of being mucked about, time wasted and spending a great deal of money getting nowhere by publishers, I think for me the best way now is to start with Amazon Kindle with each book and then self-promote with the aid of social media.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I would say more therapeutic if anything else.

How many books have you written so far?

10 books, plus a one-off poem and another book currently being written.

Dark Chronicles: The Punk Rock Years 1988-2006

Escape From Stalag Luft Kernow (2012)

Tales of the Real Cornwall in Poem Form (2012)

The Chronicles of Hyancinth Peverell and the Skinbyrd Hyporcrite (2014)

The Chelsea FC Years 1986-1996

The Crystal Palace FC Years 1989-2014

The Dulwich Hamlet FC Years

The Exeter City FC Years

The Best of Plymouth Market (2016)

The Crowded GF House (one-off poem, 2019)

Tour of Enlightenment (2020)

The Barbed Rose of the Cornish Sunset (2021, now in production)

What’s the best way to market your books?

These days it would have to be either self-promoting through social media, or for a reasonable fee enlist the help and guidance of someone like Ramona who has a book promotion and review site on Facebook. Do NOT fall for scams like I did (ie WOW publications) where I ended up paying more than a grand upfront for basically a rubbish service. We all live and learn the hard way I’m afraid.

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

The difficult first step is getting that first book published and getting the right book deal from the right publishing firm. There is no guarantee that any book will be successful and to maintain a career in writing can be challenging and difficult. But with the right attitude and determination, it CAN be done.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

To keep on going no matter how hard and how long it takes. I took my inspiration from established writers like JK Rowling and Stephen King whose first published works were all rejected many times.

Visit Author James Christie book links:-

www.jameschristie51.com

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