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Dear Mr. Pratt -- We have the habit of finding good authors and reading everything they write. You have joined a special club at our house with your novels. Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, and John Grisham are three of the modern-day writers in this category. My wife hopes you are working on book #4 and that it is not too long in coming. Keep up the good work! — Gerald Bolen, Oklahoma
Those kind words quoted at the top of this page from Mr. Bolen of Oklahoma -- and those from many other readers -- meant a lot to me during great days when I was trying to figure out my road. I was stringing together one novel after another in the late 90's and early 2,000’s but...
I was just Jim, a guy-next-door, who had survived two life-saving surgeries in the 24 months before becoming published in 1997 when The Last Valentine took over my life.
Becoming a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, along with having The Last Valentine become THE LOST VALENTINE in a HALLMARK HALL of FAME World Premier and CBS Movie of the Week viewed by 14.5 million, was a privilege of a lifetime. Hard-earned, it took 11 years from the first script to the actual movie. Grateful, I never could have imagined this honor.
After 7 published bestsellers, including The Last Valentine, The Lighthouse Keeper, Ticket Home, Paradise Bay, Dad the Man Who Lied to Save the Planet, Mom, The Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs, and The Good Heart...
...what probably appears a disappearing act by me for more than a decade, was in reality, something else.
With the first success of The Last Valentine, I still had a four-book contract to complete. I was under enormous ongoing physical disability challenges that sometimes happens when the body isn't cooperating with the goals of the mind.
I considered how privileged I felt to hear from readers from all over the world. Readers and their experience with the words I pen are always at the forefront of my mind. I did not want to let a great audience down.
Even so, I realized that forcing the body through chronicity of life-long spinal, head, and neck injury-caused pain from younger years was having a negative impact on family, some friends, and even professional contacts. I found myself unintentionally sabotaging relationships.
Feigning a smile in public for the camera, I struggled to know what to do, while relying upon heavy dosing of painkillers to see me through constant 24/7 pain that began in my youth.
Writing and creating wasn't the problem -- that was where I found relief; public communications -- nationwide book tours and "live" publicity events via radio and television appearances -- were my challenge. I couldn't mask physical pain as well as I hoped and when it became apparent to me, I knew something had to give.
So, what happened to Author James Michael Pratt for over one decade? Perhaps I took Robert Frost's "Road Less Traveled" a bit too seriously, but then...
In the "Long Version Audio Backstory" at this link (CLICK HERE), I go into detail with text and audio, why a choice to be a simple neighbor and silent writer-- Jim, a guy next door--was made and how the journey from 1971 to the present affects my writing to this day.
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JAMES MICHAEL PRATT—TODAY
I hope you may have enjoyed that audio piece found at the "ABOUT - Long Version Audio Backstory" link. Reaching through the thin veil of memory, to places that those times alone possess, is cathartic and I hope it may be used to a listener's advantage in examining their own backstories.
I produced many works during those quiet years from 2005 to the present day. They are deeply heartfelt and now becoming delivered to you over the next several months and years beginning today with “Free Reads” and “Sneak Peeks” found in my private “Once Upon a Time BookClub." Immediately scheduled are 8 books to be released over a 5 year period.
Healthy, eager, and grateful to have you here at my 2021 launched website, I am looking forward to making great book reading memories together over many coming years!
James Michael Pratt