James has been writing since he was at Loyola High School in Mankato, Minnesota.
I have always been drawn in by his writing, so much so that I wanted others to have the joy of reading it. To make that possible, I cut my eye-teeth as an editor on his novels, poetry, and short stories.
He is a skilled writer with an ability to create characters you wish you could meet in real life. Scenery comes alive, the plots are gripping, and Casper’s sense of timing will keep you reading for hours.
The Far End of the Park started out as a short story and evolved over the years into a beautiful coming of age novel. John Herreid says, “His narrative compellingly and vividly evokes the anxious years of youth…[when] what could seem like small stakes to a seasoned adult become larger than life and fraught with disaster. ”
Everywhere in Chains started with the title A Passage for Penelope. Interestingly, it was translated into Polish and that publisher called it Letters to Penelope (Listy do Penelopy). It is a powerful story that imagines what one family may have gone through as a result of being hurt by the priest abuse scandal, and yet is a tale of forgiveness and healing.
An Accidental Pope is a new addition to James’ novels. Think “edgy murder mystery crossed with international intrigue,” and the usual crowd of unforgettable characters–some to be loved, some to be loathed–along with a sense of humor that will keep you chuckling when you need it.