The Story Behind I, James by Mike Hartner

I, James is the second book in The Eternity Series.   The first book, I,Walter, was the story of James’ father Walter Crofter. It introduced us to the rest of the family, including James. And when, part way though, James got kidnapped, it made certain that I Jamesone of the next books would belong to James.   Hence, we have I, James.

But, as you well know, the best laid plans are punished badly. And the writing of I, James was no different. Especially when you consider that in I, Walter there is nearly a 30 year stretch between the disappearance of James, and the re-appearance at his father’s residence.

Many times in I, James, I rued that span of time. The novel could have been written with no time frame, or it could have been written with less of a time frame. But, no, there had to be a very distinct time frame for the re-appearance.

And, when you want to do something badly, time does manage to get in the way. Life gets busy on the small stuff. So, between children and life, and banking, and vengeance, and … somewhere in there there’s never enough time for the real parts of life.

I, James then is a story about James’ life. What happened before the kidnapping, and what happened after it. It is the story of a young man trying to make the most of what has happened to him without forgetting his heritage and his upbringing.

It has overtones of memoir, and young adult. Of Romance and Historical Fiction. And it has the truth of real life.


Mike HartnerMike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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