A closer look at James D. Shipman

September 6, 2019


It has been a while since there has been a post on my site. I am looking forward to exploring the realm of blogging. I want to extend my gratitude for everyone that is a subscriber to my blog posts, and I apologize that there hasn't been any recent posts.

I am working with my assistant from now on to publish weekly blog posts that encompass captivating historical events that I have researched in my time as an author. I look forward to sharing these posts with all of you. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy a synopsis about me. My assistant wanted to ask some focused questions so that subscribers have a better idea of who I am. 

I hope you enjoy. Let's take the journey through history together. 


Question 1: What/Who started your passion for writing?


My father started sharing family stories with us from the time I have memories.  He also loved history and gave me children’s history books from an early age.  He had a major impact on my love of history and story telling.  Additionally, when I was in fourth grade, we wrote a poem for our class.  My poem was picked to be read to the entire school.  That was my first spark that I might have some ability to write and it moved me toward an interest in creative writing. 


Question 2:  Did you always know that you wanted to write historical fiction novels? Or did you begin with another Genre of writing?


My first area of interest was fantasy.  I grew up on JRR Tolkein, David Eddings (from my hometown) and Lloyd Alexander. My first book was a fantasy comedy I wrote my third year of law school. 


Question 3: What is your favorite historical period to research?


I love World War II history.  Most of the classes I took while earning my history degree were focused on this timeframe.  I find the collapse of democracies during this timeframe and the rise of dictatorships both fascinating, and a cautionary tale everyone should be paying close attention to at the present time. 


Question 4: If you could travel to any historical landmark in the world, where would you go and why? 


The top of my bucket list is Normandy.  There is a Band of Brother’s Tour that goes through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.  I’m definitely going to go on this tour in the next few years. 

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