MORE EGJ FUN FACTS & PHOTOS
Here is the COMPLETE LIST of RANDOM FUN FACTS about ELAYNE G. JAMES...
• Born in Monterey, California, to musician parents whose unusual mix of wisdom and playfulness proved infectious to their somewhat innocent children
• Spent her formative years on her family's small ranch learning the secret language of the animals and the enchantments of the land
• Had a black and white sheepdog named Sand who could speak pig Latin
• Became a musician and songwriter at an early age
• Traveled extensively throughout childhood and adolescence
• Became a writer by chronicling her family's adventures on the road
• Wanted to be a Disney animation artist when she grew up
• Wrote her first book at age 11 (a hundred handwritten pages & a hand-drawn cover)
• Learned the art of photography at age 12 from her father
• Began penning sci-fi and fantasy stories in her teens but never admitted to it in polite company
• Became a playwright in college (with moderate success)
• Co-wrote 2 full-length theatrical musicals: Fool of Hearts and The Saint of Carrington
• Became a professional theatrical lighting designer in her late 20s and worked in theatre for 24 years
• Has a rare form of dyslexic (not just switching letters in words, but randomly seeing entire words backwards), which has been an obstacle all her life, but also credits dyslexia for making her a writer (ask her why sometime. It's an interesting story). It's also why she loves riddles and hates crossword puzzles.
• Had to learn to walk all over again after near-fatal car accident in her mid-40s
• Started her own graphic arts company after she retired from theatre (because of the accident)
• Became a professional photographer—shot 4 weddings and promptly switched to lifestyle portraits
• Took a right turn down a rabbit hole and wrote screenplays for 7 years
• Started writing novels at the ripened-on-the-vine-age of 38 (while working in the theatre)
• Has created 14 various inventions (patents not pending)
• Has jotted litterally thousands of story notes for 38 novels and typically works on 2 to 3 books simultaneously
• Regards her dreams as the best source material for her books
• Spent 2 years studying quantum and theoretical physics (and loved it) to create her YA Sci-fi Series "Infinity Eight" (in progress)
• According to Nerd Tests.com, Elayne is a "High-Level Nerd" scoring 86% on the 'Science Geek' quiz
• Lives near the ocean in So Cal with her hubby
• Loves the wind—her Pueblo name is 'Nahtranee' which means "The wind comes."
• Calls herself a "Cloud Chaser" and has taken over 9000 photographs of the sky in the last 30 years
• Recently started her own publishing company, CLOUD CHASER BOOKS, to publish her new episodic eSeries: The Dragonbond Books (in progress) and The LightBridge Series eBooks
• Has an uncommon affinity for antique clocks that no longer tell time and old compasses that no longer point north
• Harbors a secret longing to explore the multiverse by a means yet to be invented or discovered
• Still believes in Santa Claus
More Fun Photos...
☜ The pic on the previous page is me at Ani's age at the start of book one (13 yrs). I had a series of reoccurring dreams at this age that planted the seed for the LightBridge story.
I was given a magical device that could take me anywhere I wanted to go. I had great nightly adventures and this series of dreams lasted nearly a year!
This was also the year I began performing as a musician.
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My first experience recording my songs in a professional recording studio came at age 18 when my songwriting partner and I were "discovered" by a local manager-turned-producer. I discovered that I LOVE being in the studio! It was heaven! I went on to become a recording artist for many years to come, laying down tracks for my own songs and singing for commercials etc. I also worked in Hollywood recording studios as a sound effects editor just to live and breathe in the studio environment.
PS: The white thing at the top of the mic in the photo above is a carnation. Yep. My songwriting partner put it there because she said the massive mic looked "scary" and thought the flower made it look friendlier.
Several years later (in my mid-20's) my songwriting partner and I had put together a band and were "discovered" by yet another record producer. Back into the studio we went, but this recording studio was one of the biggest and best in LA. I will never forget the experience. The mix-man making the magic behind the curtain was Chicago's recording engineer, and our back-up musicians were The Bruce Hornsby Band (who's fame came a year or two later).
After we recorded the demo, the producer took us to a photo studio of a renowned rockstar photographer. A Hollywood makeup artist and stylist spent two hours doing our makeup, hair, and clothes. They were branding us as the next "Heart" and wanted us to look the part. The shoot was loads of fun and the pics turned out great, but they didn't look anything like us!
Here is the shot they chose for the album cover...
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☟ Many years later I did another pro photo shoot and used one of the shots for the cover of a "solo album" ...a collection of songs that I had recorded in my home studio...
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I loved being raised around animals but my favorites were a boarder collie named Cheyenne and a cat named Smoke.
When I was 9, I read a book about seeing-eye dogs and spent 6 months training Cheyenne to be a guide dog for the blind. To test my training skills AND Cheyenne's seeing-eye dog skills, I used to blindfold myself and trot all over the city using Cheyenne as my guide and I survived to tell the tale. I trusted him completely and he never failed to steer me clear of danger.
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My pro theatre years were some of the best times of my life!
☝After retiring the music business, I worked in theatre as a professional lighting designer for 24 years but I started on the stage crew like everyone else. This pic is from the set of Guys and Dolls where I worked as a deck electrician and follow spot operator during my first year of theatre (in a 2000-seat road house).
☝I became a master electrician a year or two after I started working in theater, which meant that I was running the light board and managing a crew of 3 to 8 deck electricians to implement the design of the lighting designer.
Within two years I had become a lighting designer myself, and was known for lighting dance, stage plays. and musicals and the occasional opera. I became the resident light designer for The South Bay Ballet and lit their shows for over a decade (loved every second).
☟The photo below was taken on the set of my very first lighting design--a play called "Dark of the Moon"--which was nominated for a national lighting design award (college theatre).
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