Profile: James Clarke

About This Author

I remember the moment well. I was sitting in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome when the thought occurred to me that this may be an appropriate time to attempt a memoir. I'd gone to Rome to alleviate, albeit briefly, the pangs of loneliness and despair. As I sat in the cemetery, the tombs and graves bathed in the encompassing glare of white and gold daylight, an idea came to me - A book was the answer! I shall write a book! Originally, I had intended to write a memoir, or if not that a novel, but found always that I didn't have much to say, or what I did have to say I'd lost interest in. I finally settled on a collection of short stories loosely based on particular episodes in my life. Writing is a difficult task to which I am not naturally adept. It is an interminable and somewhat obsessive discipline where one goes back over what one has written. This book has been squeezed out over endless hours in my room, followed by lonely - well, fairly lonely - hours in hotel rooms across the world. There was a certain amount of brainstorming that happened on night shifts in my work as a security guard, the only time I seemed to actually type anything up, the day shift being too busy and distracting. Well, here it is, my navel gazing memoir turned short story book for anyone who's interested. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This Author's Books

For those who desire, like most on this grey earth, an unknown land. We are just little animals living on our own little islands, but every now and then we step off and get a view of other worlds. This book is about such unforeseen worlds. With stories of....
ISBN: 9781839454073
Published: 21 August 2020