Q?Do you need anything to write?
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A pot of coffee and lot of silence. The coffee is easier to come by than the silence.

Q?What software tools do you use?
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I have used Microsoft Word ever since it came out. It's on my laptop and desktop. For the image work, I use Paint Shop Pro

Q?How long do you write on any average day?
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I wish my life were predictable enough that I had an average day. Sometimes I write for several hours; too many times for only 15 minutes. I do most of my writing in the early morning or on weekends. However, with the traveling I do, there is a great deal of time in the airport - waiting. I use this time to block out ideas as they come to me. And talk about charater descriptions/ideas. Just look around an airport!

Q?Give us the number one reason to read your book.
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SILICON WAR tells the story BEFORE the personal computer was created, in fact this was the beginning of that brave new world where the theft of the new personal computer components reveled a generation gap in business, law, and politics. It's a story about good people doing what they thought was right only to have it turn out so terribly wrong. I portray the people who brought this on themselves as believing in hard work, use of technology and sheer folly of thought. It is the classic story that happens again and again to people that get in over their head. "They just won't stop digging".

Q?Rumor is that you are rewriting PC 499c - Theft of Trade Secrets?
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Yes. A rewrite is needed. When I originally wrote the story, it was my first and it "needed to be detailed". The more detail, the more someone should believe it. Well... it turned out to be 4,287 pages (8 1/2 x 11 inch). Of course the editor said chop it down. But in doing so, the story became fragmented. This led to the rethink of how to do this and that made for the first 7 books which is the current plan. However, never give me a chance to rewrite something. I now have four more stories. So stay tuned...

Q?How can I get a signed James Catanich book?
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Either attend a signing or contact a store that is having a signing. Also, sign up for the eNewsletter because special signed book offers are occasionally offered.

Q?In what order should I read James Catanich's books?
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All of this information is available at the bottom of the Books page of this site. For the order of the books in the Robert Contie series, visit their respective pages within the Books area. However there is a rewrite underway of the first book "PC499c - Theft of Trade Secrets" into "The Silicon War Trilogy" because of the request for more details into the events that made up the foundation of the story line.