Brainerd & Fraser: Welcome, James! It’s good to have you here.
James Crofoot: Thanks, it’s a pleasure to be your guest.
B&F: So, where do you live?
JC: I currently live in a little city called Jackson, Michigan.
B&F: We understand that you like Fantasy. What is it about the genre that draws you in?
JC: The thing that first drew me to fantasy was my studying of mythology. First, Norse and then Greek to start with. I just love the stories of the old gods and the creatures inhabiting those tales. From there, RPGs, especially the fantasy ones, which included those creatures. I would also have to mention ‘The Hobbit’. If you know European tales of old you’ll find a great deal of legend in that story.
B&F: The Hobbit is a true classic. And we have to admit that we love role-playing games, too. When we were kids, we loved to sit around the table with books, character sheets, and dice. Yup, we’re old-school. Or maybe we’re just old. Anyway, tell us about your writing style.
JC: My writing style? I usually start by jotting things down, scribbling them all over the paper. (Yes I still use paper and pen.) It’s something I picked up in junior high school, and I just never really stopped. If you were to look at that jotting, you would have to turn the paper several different ways and still never be able to figure out what’s in my head.
I love researching. Most of fantasy I just know from devouring literally thousands of books when I was younger, but sometimes I do put in things from the mundane world. I really have done quite a bit of reading, and studying of feudal periods already, but there are times when I have to go back and refresh my memory.
Writing environment? To look at it outside my mind, disaster, but I know just where everything is. Haha!
B&F: Organized chaos can work! Aside from writing, what are a few of your favorite things?
JC: Studying martial ways. Something I started when I was young also. I practice moving and non-moving meditation in several forms. I started this in my reading also, I decided a long time ago that I wanted to know the things I read physically as well as mentally.
B&F: What is the most amazing place you’ve ever visited?
JC: The most amazing place I have been would probably be somewhere in the Atlantic. Not sure where, but one night I was standing on the forecastle of a ship (I was really supposed to be below decks), on a clear night, and saw the stars in the universe above me. The Milkyway was just a band of white across the heavens as the warm, salty spray from the ocean covered me. I discovered how one could fall in love with being at sea.
B&F: That does indeed sound amazing. Can you tell us about your current work in progress?
JC: I’m working on another fantasy, of course, about a human noble and his elvish wife, a princess in an elvish empire. There’s some love interest in it, a bit of thievery, and a war they must survive. Want more? You’ll have to read it when it comes out. Ha!
B&F: Sounds intriguing. Now it’s time for the rapid fire round!
Narnia or Hogwarts? Hogwarts
Swords or magic? Swords
Dragons or unicorns? Dragons
Tolkien or Riordan? Tolkien
Wine or mead? Mead
JC: A couple of these were tough, but I stand by my choices.
B&F: Well done, James!
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