James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

FELLOW TRAVELER is here!

With this piece of key art now (almost) in place, the time is here for Fellow Traveler! Once my revamped website goes live, there will be content aplenty that explains the origins, themes, and long gestation period of this very personal novel ‘of the grateful dead‘ that is being published on November 1, with pre-orders but already live and shipping […]

Summer’s Come and Gone

Summer 2012, a season of writing: Following a terrific SC Book Festival in May, I launched into the writing of Novel 2012, whose actual title is LET THE GLORY PASS AWAY, and here in mid-August—not actually the end of summer, but the beginning of back to school season certainly feels that way—I find that I […]

SC Book Festival 2012

The South Carolina Book Festival, which continues today, has been terribly good to my writing career. Yesterday, as I moderated two panels consisting of talented authors and engaged audiences, I felt very much at home.

Encouraging Rejections and DOGS OF PARSON’S HOLLOW

From my latest encouraging rejection: “I like the premise but wasn’t happy with the execution.” Now, what we have in this is code language to soften the blow, execution as euphemism for the writing itself. For the thin-skinned nascent writer, such a rejection can be devastating. For me, however, this spurs me on to evaluate […]