Known best for living life to the fullest James Ross decided early on that he was going to work to live, rather than live to work. With a persuasive demeanor and a “don’t-take-no-for-an-answer
Born in Central Illinois in the early 1950’s James Ross grew up wanting to be a professional athlete. He was the oldest son of a high school basketball coach and a homemaker. Early in his life his dad took a job as a textbook salesman for a division of Doubleday. Soon thereafter the family relocated from the corn fields of Illinois to the Metro St. Louis area.
He took up the game of golf at the age of twelve when the family moved to a golf course development in the western suburbs of St. Louis. His passion for the game grew from that moment on and with continued practice he became a low-handicap player. Mr. Ross was a three-sport athlete in high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to go to college. After one year of that he transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia. There he was a member and social chairman of Beta Theta Pi fraternity until he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance in 1974.
After a few years of traveling and a two year stay in Los Angeles at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Mr. Ross returned to the St. Louis area to embark on a career in sales. After turning fifty he decided to get in touch with the creative side of his mind and sat down to write. Three years later his first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published.
Upon completion the writing bug had consumed him. Before his first novel was finished he had begun the second book. Finish Line is a continuation of the happenings in and around the fictitious setting of Prairie Winds Golf Course on the East Side of St. Louis. Drawing inspiration from his characters, the third book, Tuey’s Course, was released in January of 2009. Opur’s Blade is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.
When he is not writing, Mr. Ross is out looking for a golf game around town or traveling to some warm weather destination to enjoy an amazing life. Many of his stories will be centered on a sports theme complete with applicable analogies. Being a native of the Midwest they will also carry references to the heartland of America.
You can visit James Ross’ website at www.authorjamesross.com.
One of my favorite things to do when writing a story is creating characters. It may seem odd, but I can actually see them in my mind. I give a lot of thought to the main characters and their traits are specific to the role that they play in the story. They have flaws, are unique and possess varying physical characteristics.
The next step is to name them. I have as much fun with that as anything and I try to pick a name that fits some sort of feature that is exclusive to them.
I’m big on physical appearance because I think that it says as much about a character as the speech and mannerisms. If a picture is created well in the reader’s mind then it is easier for them to identify with the character.
Each character has dialogue and I try to advance the story a lot with the use of that. In many of my stories I have assigned dialect to the characters. That depicts life a little more accurately.
Finally I try to place the characters in a setting that fits their lifestyle. This adds to the believability in the story. For instance, a cowboy is more believable on a range than in a hair salon. So far I’ve been very fortunate with that. My setting is a golf course clubhouse. Many people play the game. Because of that I get people from all sections of life and can easily mold them into my stories. Their personalities are as diverse as those that we encounter in real life.ABOUT PABBY’S SCORE
Innocence and youthful enthusiasm get caught in an undercurrent of sinister events. Civil injustice prompted by an unethical attorney arrives in the form of a bogus insurance claim. Alcohol and greed taint a dishonest judge. An Internet dating site feeds an affair. Shady police work attempts to stain the reputation of head pro, J Dub Schroeder. As the court spins out of control an ethics board investigation and an edgy game of instant messaging tempt the hands of fate. Savant-like tendencies, dementia and flying falcons intertwine with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point. A retired barrister hints about a corrupt underground society.
Can revealing a dark secret settle PABBY’S SCORE?