|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2012)|
Steven James is the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Bowers Files, an eight-book series of psychological thrillers which currently includes The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, The Bishop,The Queen, and a prequel Opening Moves. The series has received three Christy Awards and numerous other honors.
Steven James was born in Wisconsin in 1969. He earned his M.A. in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University in 1997. He lives with his wife and three daughters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee.
The Bowers Files
Steven James' most famous books to date form the psychological thriller series, The Bowers Files. Each book delves into the life of Pat Bowers, an Environmental Criminologist. Each book is its own story, but they all tie in together in various points.
Besides writing the suspenseful Bowers Files series, Steven James has also written inspirational nonfiction books including Sailing Between the Stars: Musings on the Mysteries of Faith, Never the Same: Stories of Those Who Encountered Jesus, Becoming Real: Christ’s Call to Authentic Living, A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide, and Story: Recapture the Mystery. In addition, he has written prayer collections, dramas, a nine book series on creative storytelling, and young adult fantasy.
Works (Published and Upcoming)
The Bowers Files
- The Pawn
- The Rook
- The Knight
- The Bishop
- The Queen
- Opening Moves
- The King (2013)
- Checkmate (2014)
- Untitled (Set between Opening Moves and The Pawn, est. 2015)
The Jevin Banks Experience
- Singularity (2013)
Untitled Young Adult Series
- Blur (2014)
- Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of The Pilgrim’s Progress (re-released 2012)
- Sailing Between the Stars: Musings on the Mysteries of Faith
- Never the Same: Stories of Those Who Encountered Jesus
- Becoming Real: Christ’s Call to Authentic Living
- A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide
- Story: Recapture the Mystery
- How to Smell Like God: True Stories Burning with the Scent of Heaven
- Praying from the Gut: An Honest Prayer Journal for Teens
- Sharable Parables: Creative Storytelling Ideas for Ages 3–12
- The Creative Storytelling Guide for Children’s Ministry: When All Your Brain Wants to Do Is Fly!
- 30 New Testament Interactive Stories for Young Children
- 30 Old Testament QuickSkits for Kids
- 30 New Testament QuickSkits for Kids
- Bible Story QuickSkits for 2 Kids
- Crazy and Creative Bible Stories for Preteens
- 30 Old Testament Interactive Stories for Young Children
- Believe It!
- Jawdroppers: 36 Shocking Stories for Students Based on the Sayings of Jesus
- Drama for Real Life: 16 Scripts About Choices that Shape Us
- Gather Round the Dinner Fable
- Worship Sketches 2 Perform
- 24 Tandem Bible hero Story Scripts for Children’s Ministry
- 24 Tandem Bible Storyscripts for Children’s Ministry
- Astonishing Tales of Spiritual Truth: Gripping Stories Based on the Sayings of Jesus
- More Worship Sketches 2 Perform
- On the Edge: A Collection of 17 Hard-Hitting Christian Monologues for Youth