James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

Cort Beauchamp’s LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY Playlist

  When I sat down in 2012 to create the protagonist of Let the Glory Pass Away, a middle-aged, blocked South Carolina novelist named Cort Beauchamp, I knew I wanted him to seem like a character out of time.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY (Part 4) — Author Q&A

With the publication date rapidly approaching and a book release event in the works, we wrap up 2016 with the final “Notes On…” LTGPA. This interview was conducted via email with Catherine A. Shuler, my publicist and partner in Mind Harvest Press. Enjoy.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY — Part Three

QUESTIONS OF CHARACTER Five years ago when I first sat down to draft my upcoming novel, I intended to do so in one fell swoop, a nonstop creative endeavor bringing to bear all my experience and purported talent. By this, my fifth longform manuscript, I felt not only eager but seasoned to prove how fully cogent and […]

FAITHLESS ELECTORS: “New” Short Story on Wattpad

After (finally) looking into using Wattpad as a vehicle for some of the voluminous unpublished material in my writer’s trunk, I chose to test the waters with an old short story, albeit one that now seems more prescient than musty: a political satire.

Welcome to EDGEWATER COUNTY

Edgewater County, South Carolina… I write about it, but where is it? While it’s been said by some—well, by me—that the county lies due east of Due West and somewhere north of North, I’m sorry to report that you won’t find Edgewater County on any map, and in trying to find it, your GPS will spin in […]

LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY Promo Art

Here’s a nifty poster that the PR team created for local use in promoting the upcoming release of Let the Glory Pass Away. I think this key art does a fine job of visualizing in an ironic and attractive way one of the novel’s principal themes. Feel free to share it in your social media feeds!

Edgewater County Confidential Returns!

Some of you may have noticed that Edgewater County Confidential has been dark all summer. Inactive. It’s been quiet around here—too quiet.  It’s all good. Two words to keep in mind (with props to Douglas Adams): DON’T PANIC.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY (Part Two)

In Part One we suffered through a little autobiography about the time I helped honor local pop music heroes Hootie and the Blowfish, and how that got me to thinking about who we honor with public monuments and tributes, but more importantly, why we do so, and what we’re saying with our choices.

Notes on LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY (Part One)

For those of you following this blog for the last couple of years, it may seem like all-DIXIANA all the time. But before that material sees publication, let’s keep in mind that I’ll be offering up one (or more) direct lead-ins to that long-gestating novel series, with its fully realized fictional world I call Edgewater County. […]

DIXIANA and The Bradbury Method

“I’ve tried to teach my writing friends that there are two arts: number one, getting a thing done; and then, the second great art is learning how to cut it so you don’t kill it or hurt it in any way. When you start out life as a writer, you hate that job, but now […]