This week, in the One-Book-Interview chair we have an American author who is “trying to write fantasy and science fiction that can also be enjoyed by people who don’t think they like fantasy and science fiction.”
People of the Internet, may I present Mr Jim Marquis.
Name one book:
1 – everyone should read
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (it will give you a fresh perspective on religion and the whole messiah concept).
2 – you would take with you if you were going to be marooned on Mars
The Stand by Stephen King (because it’s a great long novel with many, many characters to enjoy and follow).
3 – you took a chance on and were pleasantly surprised by
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (I grabbed it off the bargain table at Barnes and Noble one day while I was waiting in the check out line, it ended up being one of the best novels I’ve read in the past thirty years).
4 – you’ve written that is your favourite
Dark Day Dreams (under the pen name James Hawthorne) Favorite because it’s my first collection of short stories and at this point I feel like that’s the format where I’ve done the strongest work.
5 – that has influenced you most as a person:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (because it helped me understand how fascism and rampant sexism can be so easily justified with religion).
6 – that has influenced you most as a professional:
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (it helped me see how an unorthodox writing style can breathe life and excitement into any storyline).
7 – of yours that prospective readers should start with if they want to get to know your work and where they can get it.
Dark Day Dreams (my strongest writing so far and a collection that reflects a wide variety of personal insights, questions and day dreams…available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads)
He and his wife Rosemary live in the Seattle area.
He’s always been interested in pop culture, politics, music and literature. He enjoys writing because it provides an outlet for his desire to explore and expose the ways these different factors help shape our everyday lives.
You can find Jim on his Amazon page.