Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WW Featured Writer: Austin James


"I love both fiction and non-fiction (especially non-fiction that relates to history). But I prefer to write fiction because fiction is the act of creation. Anything you imagine exists and happens on the pages you write. And the best part is, whatever you create comes entirely from the writer.
While someone else might have had a similar idea, the words you use to reflect that idea are unique to you."

~Austin James

He's a writer, a reader, and a blogger.  He's also pretty darn brilliant if I have anything to say about it.  Inspired by the great minds of James Joyce and Edgar Allan Poe, Austin James is one I guarantee has much to offer this world.  A true multi-tasker, this motivated and ambitious individual is known to take on a number of projects simultaneously.  Currently, he is developing an online literary magazine and editing a collection of short stories, all while diligently pursuing his second young adult novel.

Man; I can't even finish my first one!

Austin's a witty, insightful guy who caught my attention blogging about useful topics for aspiring writers.  To me, visiting his blog is like taking an interactive online course in writing and publication.  And the best part is, I don't have to cough up $600 per credit like I did for graduate school. 

Since ringing in 2011, I have joined him for meaningful discussions related to self-publishing, authors with agendas, and developing platforms.  His blog is discussion-oriented; it's a place for people to come together, share views, and learn from one another.  And despite choosing debatable topics, both sides of the argument are always equally presented.

It wasn't that long ago I discovered Austin on Twitter.  Pleased to find a fellow male writer in the same age bracket, I knew he would be a great person to network with.  I was right.  Austin's beyond friendly and works diligently at supporting his fellow writers.  He's a guy with a dream who believes in building relationships along the way, a quality I always find admirable in anyone I meet.  Austin doesn't play for Team Me; instead, he chooses to ride with Team We

I've been impressed by Austin's diverse interests and unique background.  Reading and writing aside, he has strong views and knowledge related to politics, education, and history, and knows enough facts to share informed, educated opinion when discussing contemporary issues.  He remains well-read and chooses to stay updated with current events, particularly those relevant to writing and publication, all of which he shares with his readers.

Austin's blog is one I highly recommend for aspiring writers, particularly those serious about pursuing professional publication.  Whether you agree with him or not, he discusses the topics we need to be thinking about while providing a forum for to swap knowledge and exchange tips.  Furthermore, if the mood ever strikes for a meaningful, intellectual conversation - you know, when the cast of Jersey Shore has dropped your IQ another 10 points and you need a quick brain booster before its gone for good - Austin would be your man. 

Most importantly, he's a good guy with a kind soul. He truly enjoys networking and interacting with readers and writers alike.  So, if you feel like betting today, go bet on Austin.  Reach out, introduce yourself, and make a new friend.  You won't be disappointed.

8 comments:

  1. sounds like a lovely writer, and plus he has a great name for an author :)

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  2. Excellent post, I'm heading to his blog now.

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  3. Thanks for the kind words. You're a nice guy, Paul Joseph.

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  4. Austin's blog is one I always read. You do great posts Austin and they always give me something to think about.

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  5. I will check out his site!
    And Paul, I sent a message to Jen about fixing your name. Don't worry - you're not the first!
    Glad you're on board for the challenge. We had a blast last year.

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  6. Another great writer to connect with! Thx for letting me know about him, Paul.

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  7. Thanks for the introduction to Austin.

    I'm a writer/educator too. Will follow your blog Paul.

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