James Kemp’s Books
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Perfects (with the editor)
Perfects follows two genetically engineered young adults in a future where genetic modifcation of people is illegal. Into Charlie’s life comes Pandora, a young woman fresh from the same children’s home Charlie grew up in. Initially there is distrust, and a spark of something else…
I expect to publish the novel with a print version from Castlegreen Publishing.
Themself: My experience as a creative writing student
This is an inspirational piece of life writing that should encourage those that want to try a new creative pursuit. If you’ve always wondered if you can write, this book shows that you can do it too.
James Kemp started Creative Writing with the Open University in October 2013. Themself is the story of how he became a better writer. As well as the stories and poetry he wrote there is commentary on how and why they were written. He shares notes on how to build worlds, create characters, tell stories, write poetry and fiction.
The main stories in Themself are:
A stand alone novelette set in the same world created for Perfects and shows a military conspiracy to overthrow the democratically elelcted US President. This is a future where space travel has got cheaper and major corporations have used the FAI treaty that establishes space as non-national from 100km above the Earth. This gives them a guaranteed tax free haven, and also allows them to establish research and development labs outside national governance.
In the middle of the 21st Century Mike Duff is an officer of US Space Command, in a period where the United States has entered one of its periodic isolationist phases. The military are getting cut, and they and the defense contractors aren’t happy about it. Mike is a patriotic American, loyal to the Constitution and proud of his country, but he doesn’t like the increasing mix of Church and State that the politicians are bringing.
Much of my writing is available on the blog and you can read it for free, including bits of the stories listed above. If you like it feel free to leave comments, and if you think it can get better please drop me an e-mail with suggestions (james at the blog’s domain, i.e. @themself.org).Related articles