James D. Kellogg is the author of Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller. An avid reader as a kid, he discovered Erich Maria Remarque’s searing novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, when he was in the seventh grade. The gripping passages masterfully conveyed the experiences of ordinary young men caught in a devastating war and seared unforgettable images in James’ mind. Like a spark struck from flint, this work ignited a tiny flame that would escalate into a burning desire to write. But those embers merely simmered for the better part of two decades.
Stumbling through the years, James managed to graduate from Blacksburg High School and earn a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech. That catapulted him into a low paying job with enough velocity to careen through a couple of failed romantic relationships. With his life spiraling into the abyss of hopeless frustration, James seized an opportunity to return to Virginia Tech and begin work on a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. It was an endeavor fraught with challenges ranging from academic overload to sleep deprivation. But it helped summon a spirit of self-worth that had long cowered in the dark shadows of James’ battered psyche.
During his time in graduate school James developed a tenacity to succeed and refined a gung-ho attitude for adventure. In the midst of his study, he crammed in time for rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking, scuba diving, rugby, and a little bit of skiing. New friendships and experiences abounded. A summer spent working at a remote lodge in Denali Park, Alaska provided an amazing setting to truly unlock his passion for the outdoors. It was also a chance to really learn about people…fellow staff members and guests alike.
Brimming with confidence, James ultimately struck out for an engineering job in Denver with a Master’s diploma in hand. Activities like skiing, camping, and cycling are an inherent part of life.
James passion for adventure and imagination was the impetus for Radical Action. His life experiences served as catalysts for conception of protagonist, Colt Kelley. Colt is a man forced to atone for his mistakes and rise above his inherent flaws to tap the hidden reservoir of strength and courage in the depth of his soul. It’s an approach that James often relied on to fend off discouragement and write through the dead of night and dark hours before dawn.
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