Eddie St. James is a new writer with a penchant for flash fiction. He resides in Illinois where prison life constantly tests his optimism and resolve to do good. To stave off negativity, St. James immerses himself in the cathartic process of creating entertaining fiction that is rich with diversity and style.
During his tenure with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Eddie St. James has utilized his time productively. As to date, he has earned a masters degree in Christian Counseling and certification in Victim Advocacy. Flowing from his education and life experience is a sincere effort to advocate for restorative justice values.
As one might imagine, prison life is full of routine. A typical day for St. James involves a lot of reading, writing, drawing, listening to music, and watching Chicago sports. Most of all, he LOVES to learn new things – especially about different cultures and lifestyles.
St. Jame’s philosophy and ambition as an incarcerated writer is simple: “Always write from the soul with words that will speak to the most hearts.” For this reason, he aims for his eclectic collection of short stories to become the modern day, literary equivalent of Mozart’s Penny Operas. Fast, fun, fiction for the everyday – always on the go – folks, that won’t break the piggy bank.
QUICK FACTS & FAVORITES:
- LEGAL NAME: James E. Rodgers
- DOB: 31 Jan 1973
- QUOTE: “Audi Alteram Partem.” (Hear the Other Side)
- AUTHORS: Shakespeare, Poe, Wilde, Orwell, Steinbeck
THIS AUTHOR’S AMBITIONS
Absent an act of Congress and/or Divine intervention, St. James may very well die in prison. It’s a hard pill for him to swallow, but his zeal to serve God & others helps wash it down. And thanks to the collective assistance of many he now has a unique opportunity to make meaningful literary & social contributions—from a prison cell.
For starters, St. James will publish & sell his flash fiction through this website. All revenues collected will become part of a Literary Trust being created (pro bono) by a member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts. It is St. James’ intention to utilize a significant part of the funds collected from his stories to provide financial support for:
1.) Additional (fiction & non-fiction) writing projects he has in development to be professionally prepared & published.
2.) Charitable groups that help meet the justice needs of crime victims, prisoners, & communities.
Only a modest portion of the revenues will go towards supporting St. James’ loved ones & his continued educational goals.
St. James is acutely aware that his agenda is wholly dependent on the generous support of readers (like you) who believe in a worthy cause & message. As such, he implores you to visit this site often for updates, buy new stories, & read weekly blog postings. Most of all, please spread the word about Eddie St. James!