Welcome to the web page and blog of Gregor James, children and adult fictional author.

Sorry - Gregor James the author can't some to the phone right now. Why? Because he is trapped in a magical chest in the corner of his study while an imposter struts around in his stead. Pretending to enjoy his job. Or maybe, worse still, actually enjoying it.

So now, I have once again decided to take my work underground, to stop it falling into the wrong hands.

 

This will be my last entry for some time.

 

Or will it?

 

I have a confession to make. I am extremely indecisive. And right now I am at a crossroads. One that looks depressingly familiar.

 

On one side - the Kingdom of BetterJob . In the distance I can see new and interesting people, a fulfilling working environment. And wedges of filthy cash.

 

On the other…well at first the road descends into a swirling mist, until just before the horizon emerges a glittering tower, where the King of the World lives. He is not only the King of This World, but the King of many other worlds, because he creates those worlds by means of his four typing fingers. And he is a Happy King, because he creates these worlds for a living.

 

I strode boldly into that mist many times, but the broken compass of indecisiveness keeps leading me back here. My head is spinning, my legs are weary, and those wads of filthy luchre have never looked so tempting.

 

It wouldn't be selling out, you understand. I'm not talking about burning the bridges to Self-Sufficient-Writer Towers. Rumour tells that beyond the Kingdom of BetterJob lies the mythical land of MortgageFree, and it's capital city, SemiRetirograd. And beyond there, those same rumours indicate there is a mountain pass leading straight to the Promised Land.

 

But finding the path is not without peril. Before reaching it, BetterJob visitors risk becoming enslaved by its cunning rulers into the Joyless Army of Pointless Capitalism. And the route itself is fraught with peril, littered as it is with yet more obvious metaphors.

 

 

So here I stand at the crossroads. Turning around and around. Begging for divine guidance. Or, failing that, a coin. Anything.

Hi Folks - a Happy 2018 to one and all. I have spent the Christmas holidays incubating cold and flu viruses, mostly wearing my way-too-comfy new pyjamas and publishing my new book. See -> there it is on the right. Gorodin Pt1. Like most authors I am 1 part proud, 1 part ashamed, 1 part desperate to rewrite the whole thing, but that's partly why I've put it out there - to remove the temptation for endless re-writes. It works fine as it it Greg - leave the damn thing alone.

This is the first part of a trilogy - the rest of which currently exists as an unmanageable combination of rabid, indecipherable notes and plot plans. So what I really need is for people to read it, love it, and tell me they are desperate to read part 2. Then I can discard all my other life roles (father, wage earner etc.) and go write it. Or maybe not. It would be a powerful motivator though...

I've written plenty blurb elsewhere outlining the book, but not the inspiration behind it. It's a while back now and I don't remember it all perfectly, but I remember liking the concept of someone being kicked out of a isolated desert city, and then learning an earth-shattering secret he needs to get back in for, and around the same time coming up with a neat fantasy idea what that secret would be. Then I got the 2 main characters, and we were ready to go. 

Anyway do please check it out. I will be back shortly hopefully with news on failed attempts at promotion via Facebook/Twitter/Good reads et al. Farewell until then.

 

  

 Well hello there world! Welcome! Again! And apologies again for the slackness. I guess the infrequency of communications is a given by now right. Can I phone in my grovelling apologies? I'll have to think about that. Etiquette for an imaginary audience is something I am kinda making up as I go, so bear with me.

So anyway, much has happened in Gregor James Towers since we last spoke. I have been dropping some lines at youwriteon - the peer review site, after seeing if they could offer me some tips for Gorodin prior to publication. Turns out they could. Turns out I am a bit long at getting to the point sometimes! I know - hard to believe. Anyway once I got the scalpel out and cut away the worst of the waffle people started to like it. I am currently #3 in the November 2017 Top Ten - go me! So it's just possible that if anyone finds the link on that site, AND they click on it, AND it works, then I may no longer be talking only to web crawlers and hackbots. A scary thought indeed. But welcome, dear reader, if you have perchance arrived by such a route. 

Anyhoo - that means I need to spring into action. I am now frantically editing part one, so that anyone interested can download it. Then part 2 - the bit you pay for - will follow on from that. Then the next installment - The Gorgon's Kiss - is being sweatily planned out for writing after that. But I will try and not leave this so long the next time.