We all tend to view the world around us through the filters we carry. One person may see glitter, while I see shards of broken glass. We create our perception of the world based on experiences, interactions, successes and failures in life. My writing is influenced by the set of filters I have honed over my lifetime; neither good, nor bad, it’s just my take on things and it tends to be a bit darker than others.
I write primarily crime fiction and through my lens, bad people do bad things to good people. It’s been that way since the beginning of time and that’s reality. Predator and prey. Those who live in the dark edges of society view it in those simple terms, you do the taking or get taken. The stories I develop are influenced by two decades working inside the prison system, with murderers, gang members and thousands of men doing life on the installment plan.
Life loses a little meaning behind bars. Don’t make good on a gambling debt, or refuse to have your wife mule drugs for the prison gang and you’re dead. Trust no one, keep your business off the tier, or settle it up with a knife on the yard. It can be a brutal world and in spite of the increase of tough on crime laws, most criminals end up back on the streets unprepared for life on the outside.
An unsophisticated drug dealer and the stone cold serial killer share one thing in common, the next big score. The way they get there is where I come in, with stories told through my unique filters.
— James L’Etoile
I weave social themes into my stories; human trafficking, political corruption, domestic terrorism, illegal immigration, prison gang and black market organ transplants in upcoming releases.
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