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James has published both poetry and short fiction and is an organizer for the South Coast (Oregon) Writer's Conference. This is his first novel. A student of Native culture, he used this background to create the ni'il. He lives in Gold Beach, Oregon, with a pacifist black lab named Mikey.

    

 

 

Like all of us, I am a product of my environment.

I was raised in a religious/spiritual family and that spirituality pervades most of my work. I even attended a Catholic Seminary for a year before deciding the priesthood was not for me.

My father worked for the phone company as I was growing up, which was much like growing up in a military family. The company transferred us every couple of years. By the time I graduated high school, we’d moved twenty times. I attended nine different schools in five cities and three states.

I lived in North Dakota until I was eight, since then I’ve lived in Washington and Oregon. I find that the landscape of the Pacific Northwest has done more to influence me than nearly everything else. Its vast forests, rugged mountains, seascapes and sparse population inspire recollections of what the pioneers first fell in love with a century and a half ago. From my house, I can hike fifteen minutes and spend the entire day without seeing another human being. And I could see sasquatch.

My goal is to build a fiction landscape of the Pacific Northwest, much like Stephen King has done with Maine. A landscape of dark possibilities.

When I was a child living in Bismark, North Dakota, my parents took me to Fort Abraham Lincoln, the fort Gen. Custer left on his last, fateful campaign and the Knife River Village, the restored ruins of a Mandan village. Now forty years later, the memories have faded, but not the memory of the impression the visits made on a small boy. Years later, I read Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. After that I devoured everything I could find about Native American history and culture. I came to have a deep sympathy for the Native peoples’ doomed resistance to the white culture and admiration for their cultural connection to the natural world around them. The dominant culture seeks to change and subjugate a nature it sees as an enemy; the Natives sought to live within the natural world as one part of a dynamic whole.

Perhaps there is a lesson in there for us now.

When I was eighteen, I was diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis and underwent surgery that fused most of my lumber spine and put in a steel rod. After six months in a body cast and six more in a brace I continued on to college. The condition has limited some of my options. Skiing and skydiving are not good ideas, no is playing football. Now, forty years after the surgery, my body is beginning to break down a bit. So if you see me and notice I seem to be bent and twisted, you know why.

When I’m not writing, I have worked in the restaurant industry as a cook and as a manager. Looking back, I seem to have a lot of scenes set in restaurants. I enjoy reading, playing an occasional video game, taking my dog for exploratory hikes along the beach or river. I am happily single. (it’s so much less complicated.)



Birth Place: Cherry Point, NC U.S.A.
     



Books

Ni'il: Waking Turtle by James Boyle
Chief Dan Connor and Stephanie return in the third volume of The Ni'il Trilogy. This time though, the entire universe could depend on them. Can they keep Turtle from waking?...
  

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Ni'il: The War Within by James Boyle
Award-winning finalist 2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for fantasy/sci-fi fiction. Police Chief Dan Connor and his partner return to continue the fight against ni'ilaquo begun in Ni'il: The Awakening. But now they also have someone as an equally powerful ally. Or is he?...
  

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Ni'il, The Awakening by James Boyle
Award-winning finalist 2010 Indie Excellence Awards for horror fiction. Award winning finalist 2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for horror fiction. The police chief of an isolated town on the Oregon coast battles a supernatural being determined to destroy him and his community. How do you fight a god?...
  

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Short Stories

Primeval
 by James Boyle
A group of hunters set a trap for something in the woods. What they catch is more than they bargained for. (Adapted from the novel "Ni'il: The Awakening)...


How Wokani Created the World
 by James Boyle
Fictional creation myth from the Sihketunnai nation of Native Americans...


Warrior
 by James Boyle
A Native American war leader must decide whether to continue the fight to the death or accept their defeat....


reTIRED
 by James Boyle
a man realizes his opinion of his wife...


Little Mac and the Volcano
 by James Boyle
A reporter watches a local figure battle a volcano that appears in his backyard...


The Fish
 by James Boyle
A young boy witnesses a brutal crime that changes his life....


In the Woods
 by James Boyle
A young couple have a flat tire on a lonely country road and are attacked by something in the woods....



Poetry

Morning Song
 by James Boyle
A rendering of the moment the sun rises....


Now
 by James Boyle
the end of a relationship...



News

Ni'il: The War Within named IPPY Award finalist.
 by James Boyle
Ni'il: The War Within, James Boyle's second novel, was named an award-winning finalist in the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for fantasy/sci-fi fiction....


Ni'il: The Awakening named IPPY Award finalist
 by James Boyle
Ni'il: The Awakening was named an award-winning finalist in the 2010 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY'S) for horror fiction....


Ni'il: The Awakening named 2010 Indie Excellence Finalist
 by James Boyle
"Ni'il: The Awakening" was named a finalist in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the category of horror fiction....


Now wins honorable mention
 by James Boyle
James Boyle's poem "Now" has won Honorable Mention in the 2009 Famous Poets Institute's poetry contest...


Links

James Boyle
bio and examples of my work


South Coast Writer's Conference
The website of the South Coast Writer's Conference, held every February in Gold Beach, Oregon.


Additional information

My first novel, Ni'il, The Awakening, should be available December 21, 2008 at major online retailers. It is available now at the iUniverse Bookstore

 
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30327 Driftwood 
Gold Beach   OR   97444   United States

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