This is a recent picture of the author, taken at the Vietnam Veterans'
Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico.
James was raised a rocket base kid
in Las Cruces NM, the son of a rocket engineer and an artist. He was
educated in geophysics at NM Tech, and then served as a helicopter gunship
pilot with the US Army. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam,
then pursued a varied career as a writer, actor, songwriter, smuggler,
Forest Service pilot, airline pilot classroom instructor, junior editor of
an occult publishing company, disciple to a fundamentalist prophet, sports
book high roller, TV show producer, and other curious callings.
For a more
comprehensive biography, click HERE.