Ah, hell, I’m already crying… I have mom-guilt even when I’ve done nothing wrong, I’m going to be a disaster before the end of this book.
The Crossroads of Logan Michaels by James M. Roberts, Coming of Age Novel.
“Thumbs-up for this debut!”—James Frey, best-selling author of A Million Little Piece.
After growing up heartbroken with an endless series of struggles, Maria Michaels creates a picture-perfect family of her own. But life changes too quickly, and she loses her grip on herself and her two troubled sons. In spite of her desire to give them a better life, they spiral downward on the paths they choose. They must fight through sadness, mistakes and tragedy to find redemption and the love that only a mother can give. Told from a dual perspective of mother and son, we follow the family’s battles with divorce, drugs and depression. You will laugh and cry, and probably want to call your mom to tell her you love her.
Basketball season was starting and, after my first practice, I was selected to start on our team. I loved the attention. I was the only kid on the team who wanted his parents to show up for the games. The reason was simple: my mom was beautiful and young, and my dad was tough-looking and muscular and looked like a kid. I wanted to show them off.
The season was great, and I was one of the best players in the league. The kids at school would talk to me about the games and about how good I was; it felt amazing to have people counting on me each game. The girls noticed me even though I was barely ten years old but I was very shy when it came to the opposite sex.
Katrina was her name—my first crush. She had beautiful, long, straight blonde hair and a killer smile. In class, I would stare at her out of the corner of my eye. Once I noticed her, I promised myself that I would talk with her someday. I just had to work up the courage. Guess again! Third grade and fourth grade passed and still not a single word!
Was it possible that the girl of my dreams would get away?
I couldn’t believe that two years had gone by, and I still hadn’t even spoken to Katrina.
How was it that my basketball team won the championship two years in a row, I started as the pitcher for the Little League’s National League Rockies, got straight A’s in school, and had tons of friends, but still could not talk to a girl? Hard to believe that even with so much success, I still couldn’t do it. I will work the courage up one day, I thought. After all, I was only eleven.
Chatting with the Author
James M. Roberts wanted to prove that you don’t need to be a college scholar or a perfect writer to put your heart on paper even when it is hurting the most. James’s experiences have inspired him to tell his story in order to reach young readers suffering from insecurity, sadness, and addiction. Not only did James drop out of high school, but he also stumbled into deep depression early in his adolescent life. Although he had been an all-star athlete, he was far from happy. He ended up making regrettable choices in order to feel a sense of belonging and worth, especially following his parents’ separation. Through it all, James knew that one day he was going to share his “misery” with the world. He struggled through life’s lessons and finally put himself through college to earn a business degree and currently has a successful career in sales. James finished his first rough draft at twenty-five while in college. Five years later he erased all 200,000 words and started from scratch. He currently resides in Woburn, Massachusetts, where he continues to thrive and develop his writing.
Hi James, and thank you for being here.
Let’s start with why do you write.
Writing to me allows me to represent my inner most thoughts when I struggle to explain them in person. Some thoughts can’t be explained as Cleary without writing down exactly how you feel. It’s more therapeutic than anything. Writing allows me to write down how I am feeling at the exact moment and hopefully people can relate to it.
What inspired you to write?
What is your favorite book of all time?
I think having a favorite book all depends on your mood/feelings, and I’m a rollercoaster.
What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I always wanted to be an actor but I have stage fright.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
So many things… and still do. Some days I want to be a world famous writer. Other days a country singer, famous actor, athlete, really depends what mood I’m in that day.
What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
One day at a time.
What advice would you give today’s youth?
Take your time to become who you are. It’s not a race, just enjoy the ride, your time will come.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In the library, by a window.
What was your writing process?
Put my fingers on the keyboard and let my mind be free.
What have you found most surprising about the publishing process?
Honestly? It can be a pain in the ass! The work’s never done and the writing is only the beginning.
Which character in your book was most challenging to write about?
My father.. I tried to capture how he felt but not sure how good of a job I did.
What is your favorite scene in The Crossroads of Logan Michaels?
My favorite scene is in chapter 9 I believe. When Logan wakes up miserably hung over and finds the note his mother wrote him. It brings me to tears almost every time.
What have you learned about yourself through writing this novel?
I’m a complicated yet simple man.
What is next for you? Are you working on another book?
Yes. The second volume of The Crossroads of Logan Michaels, where we see Logan work his way through the recovery process and rebuilding a life.
How would you like to be remembered?
Alive and when I truly smiled, if you ever captured that moment…
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