James Scott is author of The President’s Dossier, an international spy/political thriller, and The Iran Contradictions, an acclaimed historical thriller based on the Iran-contra scandal of the 1980s. Scott began writing out of dissatisfaction with thrillers that were not thrilling. For the settings of his novels, Scott draws on twenty years of living and travel in Europe and the Far East, as well as service in the Pentagon involving oversight of military intelligence operations. He is a Purple Heart veteran who served in combat with the 101st Airborne Division and with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe. Scott is a former enlisted soldier and battalion commander. He is a graduate of the Defense University’s National Security Management Course and earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State University, master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore. Scott lives east of the Pecos with his female partner and loveable Jack Russell pups, Bailey and Rugby. He spends his days reading, writing and reviewing books.
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Biggest literary influences:
Winston Churchill, Nelson DeMille and James Grady.
Last books read:
Fear by Bob Woodward, political nonfiction, and Run Away by Harlan Coban, a domestic crime thriller. I read two books at a time, one nonfiction and one fiction.
The books that changed my life:
The Second World War (five volumes) by Winston Churchill helped me understand military and political events that shaped much of the twentieth century. His books expanded my vocabulary and knowledge of world geography and influenced my decision to pursue a military career.
His favorite literary characters:
Nelson DeMille’s John Corey, a retired NYPD detective, and J. A. Scott’s Jill Rucker, CIA. Both are street smart, tough, passionate, resourceful and operate in a world that is an amalgam of law enforcement and espionage. Corey has the irreverent sense of humor.
Currently working on:
Two projects: A sequel to The President’s Dossier in which Geller is lured back to Moscow to bring out a defector with explosive information on Russia’s military/political plans while the US in chaos, and If You Wrong Us, a tale of 9/11 revenge and a White House coup.
Words to live by:
- The answer is always “no” until you ask the question. Ask!
- “A [man] is what [he] stands for when standing for something is most difficult,” from the movie Judgement at Nurnberg.
Advice to aspiring authors:
There is little logic to getting your work published. Write until you find the agents, editors or readers who like your work.
“The President’s Dossier is an international thriller of the highest order that enlightens even as it terrifies. A smooth hybrid mix of Brad Thor, Brad Taylor and the late, great Vince Flynn that’s as relentlessly paced as it is sumptuously realized. Not to be missed for fans of high-stakes, high-action thrillers.”
— Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author
“Brimming with history, reality, intensity and passion, James Scott draws the reader deep into his carefully crafted web. You’re going to enjoy the pulse-pounding escapades.”
— Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“A well-plotted, action-packed and fast-paced thriller, with all the ingredients that make for an edge-of-the seat reading experience. The President’s Dossier is a fast read, as exciting as it can possibly get.”
— Readers’ Favorite five-star review