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Raised in northwest Oregon, James Seloover graduated from Knappa High in Knappa, OR, achieving a respectable 2.61 GPA. He joined the Air Force in the early sixties, attended Oregon College of Education (late sixties), Oregon State University (early seventies and earned an identical and equally respectable GPA of 2.61), then worked for nearly thirty years and went on to Spokane Community College (earning a suspicious 3.68 GPA).

High school summer jobs were spent in the woods as a choker-setter, as a field hand in the holly tree plantations of Western Oregon, and digging sewers.

Realizing that he was stagnating in the lowest professional ranks of a part-time pot-washer, he enlisted and spent four few years with the Air Force in the field of electronics maintenance, four more in college earning a BS in Businees Administration, then on to the world of mid-management in retail for an excruciating amount of time. Then it was on to Spokane Community college to learn web development and to the Oregon Department of Forestry, and finally with the Department of Administrative Services in Des Moines, IA. He had a short stint as a long-haul flat-bed truck driver in the western states between retail and Spokane Community College.

Convinced of the fortunes to be had in the literary field, James wrote "A Bed of Needles"(Click link to view). Riding the crest of the ripple of Needles' success, he squandered scant time completing his second book, "The Trouble Way." (Be sure to hit the "back arrow" to return to this site.)



"The Trouble Way," (Be sure to hit the "back arrow" to return to this site.) in a style similar to Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," the continuing story of Jake Forest follows Jake's attempt to learn from his mistakes as he romps with the opposite sex in the next chapters of his life.

James is inspired by the authors and their books, J.D.Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis, Joseph Heller's Catch-22, and Karl Marlantes' Matterhorn, to name four of the probably more than upwards of ten or fifteen James has read.

After years of jogging and swimming, he has settled into a routine of gym exercises involving weights and a treadmill.

Several times a year, he heads west to see if the deserts, mountains and the ocean are where he thinks they are and if trees still exist in Oregon.

James, with the help of his little four-year-old friend, Dava as color artist, has a line of off-beat greeting cards, his "Happy Crappy" line. There are two versions of the cards, one appropriate for those under 18, and another version for those over 18. Open the "Happy Crappy Cards" link to view the artwork.

James is a member of Romance Writers of America and a ex-member of Two Rivers Romance Writers of Des Moines, IA.

He lives with his wife, Paula, in West Des Moines, IA.

His daughter, Cari, is a professional Jewelry Artist and lives near Chagrin Falls, OH.


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