Biography of Author
Sidney St. James, Author
Sidney St. James is a popular American novelist, pumping out title after title over the last two decades. His writing career has spanned over forty years under other pen names in different genres.
Sidney St. James was born in Eagle Lake, Texas, in the early 1950s. He wrote his first historical novel in 1972 while attending Texas A&M University called Adversity – Face to Face. Although written in the ’70s, it was not published until 2005. Over the next several years, James’ love for writing delved into creative historical nonfiction with true and exciting novels in the Faith Chronicles, The Lincoln Assassination Series, and the Texas Outlaw Series. One of the top-selling books in the Faith Chronicles, Faith – Seventy Times Seven, made the best seller status on Amazon.com and helped launched his career worldwide. The story was inspired by his grandmother, Ada Caston Slaton Bonds, the first ordained woman minister in the state of Louisiana for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
After a dozen novels in creative historical nonfiction, he went from his original pen name, Sean E. Jacobs, to Sidney St. James in his writing of The Flaming Blue Sword, a paranormal romance. The novel that kicked off the Storm Lord Trilogy Series was an immediate success, and he became a fan favorite in the process of transforming the paranormal romance genre.
Born in Eagle Lake, Texas, to parents of German descent, the middle son of three boys, James always loved reading, which was fueled by his professional studies in genealogy research. James married his wife, Barbara, after five years of graduating from Texas A&M University. He had two daughters who later gave him four wonderful grandchildren. He spent the next twenty years of writing history books. Some were Eagle Lake High School, 1880-1972, The First 100 Years of the Presbyterian Church, SMITH – Common Name, Uncommon Family, and others. He spent numerous years with his other passions in life, hunting, fishing and playing Pickleball in many different locations around the world.
Snowed in with his wife and two children (ages 3 and 6 old at the time), James sat down and watched a Stephen King interview. This launched his style of storytelling that still exists today. When King was asked how he comes up with his ideas, he said in the middle of the night while dreaming, he wakes up and goes to his laptop and jots down his dream. This technique was used many times in the writing of the Storm Lord Trilogy, The Texas Outlaw Series, The Faith Chronicles, and the Sunday School Education Series.
Sidney St. James Emerges
James, under his other pen names, had a lot of pent-up stories to tell to the reading public. The stories took the form of historical nonfiction. While selling numerous copies, they never made worldwide acclaim. It wasn’t until the release of the Storm Lord Trilogy Series that his writing became an instant sensation! The series is most exciting, especially in the award-winning final chapter, The Three Keys to Apocalypse. His paranormal romance, while done with class and with style, transformed romance’s typical nubile heroines into down to earth realistic characters.
The Best Sellers
Between 2005 and today, James’s torrential writing pace has not waned since his release of The Faith Chronicles in 2012. Faith – Seventy Times Seven and Adversity – Face to Face rose into the top ten best-selling novels in the historical nonfiction genre. James, writing in his other pen name, has been invited to write the script for the silver screen for FAITH – Seventy Times Seven, which is a project currently underway.
James continues to be a prolific author. In 2016, he released The Flaming Blue Sword, Nine Months Will Tell, and The Three Keys to Apocalypse. In 2017 and 2018, his releases were Rosenthall, Gideon Returns, The Transformist, and The Death of a Nobel Prize Winner, and others. They are all part of his Gideon Detective Series…and, of course, his latest three novels in his gothic fantasy series, The Omega Chronicles, Omega – The Lost City of Altinova, Nevaeh – The Lost City of Nemea, and Crux Ansata – The Lost City of Ankara.
And, of course, his newest venture with his releases of GENESIS – Stepping onto the shore and finding it is heaven and Hallelujah – He is not here; He has risen, both of which were released in 2019!