About The Author, James Paddock

James Paddock, Novelist

James Paddock

James Paddock, Indie Author and avid reader, was born and raised in the Big Sky Country of Montana. The forty-plus years following high school include a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho, service with the U.S. Navy, owner/operator of a small business in South Carolina, a career as a Graphic Designer and a marriage that produced 3 fine children, who then have provided bragging rights for many very fine grandchildren. James began writing short stories in 1993, graduating to novels at the turn of the century. Since then he has produced numerous full-length novels, a novella and an anthology of his best short stories. They can all be found on Desert Bookshelf Publishing’s website.

James is now living in Florida with his wife, Penny, enjoying the sun and working on his next novel.


  1. Hi James,

    Through Independent Authors Directory, I have come across your website. Thanks.

    I am a native of India and a Freelance Hindi Translator. I would like to offer my service whenever you think it would be the right time to have your books translated for wider audience in India.

    If you desire I can provide you resume and sample of my work as well.

    Thanks a lot for taking time to read my message.

    Best Regards,


  2. James Paddock is the author of ‘Before Anne After’, which I believe was his first book. I loved this fascinating sci-fi story and am a great fan of his writing. He has many more titles to his name, all of which can be found on this site. James is such a great supporter of other authors – see his brilliant review of ‘Beneath African Skies’ in Archives June 2014.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Gillie. Actually ‘Before Anne After’ was the first novel that I started, however, because of self doubts I gave it up after 50,000 words. It was better than 4 years later, when I’d finished two other shorter works, that I returned to complete the time-travel story. I wish you great success with ‘Beneath African Skies.’

    • I say go for it, but first, take everything you’ve learned with BAS and do at least one editing run-through before handing it off to your first trusted reader. When you get it back, do it again.

      Titles are tough. I continually struggle with them. Even now I’m thinking about changing my first one again. It’s gone from ‘Angels in the Mist’ to ‘Elkhorn Mountain Menace’. As it had nothing to do with Angels, the first title was misleading. No one understands the second title so is not compelling enough. You want the title to grab the browsing eye and say, look at me. I’m interesting. ‘Czech-point’ brings to mind international spy intrigue. That and the cover would compel me to look deeper. ‘The Stamp’ doesn’t say anything to me. The cover or one-liner description would have to be the compelling factor to make me look further. Strictly my humble opinion, of course. Good luck!

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