James Rollins

Literary Birthday – 20 August – James Rollins

Happy Birthday, James Rollins, born 20 August 1961.


  1. Books are keys that open many doors.
  2. Whenever I start a novel, I’m always looking for two things: a bit of science that makes me go ‘what if?’ and a piece of history that ends in a question mark.
  3. A first-time writer needs to have the ENTIRE novel done before approaching an agent or publisher. Print it in proper manuscript format. You can find guidelines in most how-to-write books.
  4. The truth is often one’s best shield.
  5. I think the worst and most insidious procrastination for me is research. I will be looking for some bit of fact or figure to include in the novel, and before I know, I’ve wasted an entire morning delving into that subject matter without a word written.
  6. I don’t actually have a one wellspring of inspiration. Though I’m most often inspired while reading – both fiction and nonfiction.
  7. With two books a year, I don’t have time for writer’s block.

MUST-READ: James Rollins’ 3 Tips For Writers

James Rollins is the pen name of James Paul Czajkowski, an American writer of action-adventure, mystery, and techno-thriller novels. He has also published fantasy novels under the pen name James Clemens. Visit his website for more tips. His latest novel is The Seventh Plague.

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David Sylvian-Czajkowski, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th August 2017