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 My idea for The Collectibles formed in my mind when considering the amount of interest, energy and effort people put into collecting things (dolls, figurines, coins, cars, stamps, boxes and the like). I wondered wht would happen if the same amount of intensity was put into building relationships with other people.

 
 

 

 

 

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 The Collectibles is a concept of relationships, an opportunity for one person to reach out to another person who is in difficulty, challenged in some way, and help that person. In the process, the helper comes to realize the intrinsic worth and value of the individual in need and receiving the help. When their inherently good qualities are recognized, the characters in my story are not only enriched, but so are the lives of those who reach out to them.

 

 

 

 

 

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James J. Kaufman

An attorney, businessman and former judge, James J. Kaufman has published several portrait-jKaufmanworks of non-fiction.

The Collectibles, his debut novel, draws heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. Kaufman lives in Landfall, Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife, Patty. He is writing his second novel, a sequel to The Collectibles. Mr. Kaufman is a proud member of the esteemed Players, Gramercy Park, New York City.

He is a member of the Cape Fear Club, Wilmington, NC. He is VP Business Strategy and a member of the board of Imaging The World (ITW), a not-for-profit health care company delivering ultrasound services to Uganda and other underserved populations, and in the process saving many lives.  The Collectibles is a winner.  

Visit the author @ http://www.jamesjkaufman.com

 

 

AWARDS

2011 Nautilus Sliver Award - Fiction
2011 Nautilus Press Honor Award
2011 Benjamin Franklin Bill Fisher Silver Award Best First Novel 
 
Amazon Literature and Fiction Best Seller 

Encore 2011 Best Novel

 

"The Collectibles" listed in the "Top 20 Novels of 2011" by Debbie Haupt at The Reading Frenzy

"The Collectibles" Listed in The Kindle Book Review's Best Kindle Books of 2011

Cyrus Webb's Conversations Book Club Top Books of 2011

"The Collectibles" Awarded "Literary Fiction" Finalist by USA Book News

"The Collectibles" Awarded "General Fiction" Finalist by USA Book News

"The Collectibles" Awarded "Best New Fiction" Finalist by USA Book News

Kindle Book Review Pick of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

Books-and-Authors.net: Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?

James J. Kaufman: I grew up in a rural village in upstate New York in the 1940’s, before television. I went to the movies, listened to a famous sports broadcaster named Bill Stern and others on the radio, and read. Reading was a cornerstone of my life, and still is. Reading leads to writing.

As to early influences, I watched my father, an old fashioned family doctor, and my mother, a nurse, help others medically and otherwise, including giving clothing to patients and others in need – while my dad was paid in corn, potatoes, onions and other crops instead of money. My mother and father were wonderful role models and clearly influenced my early life. I was impressed with what they said, and what they said was confirmed by what they did.

 



Books-and-Authors.net:  Why do you write?

James J. Kaufman: I’ve always enjoyed writing, starting at an early age, probably because I enjoyed reading, the movies, and listening to others. Looking back, I realize that I have been a storyteller all my life. After college, law school required an entirely different process and style of writing, which I also enjoyed. When I worked in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, I wrote Noise: A Problem to be Heard. As my career in law developed I wrote several books on legal matters and related business issues, including reference text for legal Trial Practice and What To Do Before The Money Runs Out - A Guide for America’s Automobile Dealers. The Collectibles was my first foray into fiction. Writing, while laborious and difficult, is, for me, a passion not to be denied.

 



Books-and-Authors.net: Discuss your new book THE COLLECTIBLES – Where did the idea/plot for the story come from?

James J. Kaufman: My idea for The Collectibles formed in my mind when considering the amount of interest, energy and effort people put into collecting things (dolls, figurines, coins, cars, stamps, boxes and the like). I wondered wht would happen if the same amount of intensity was put into building relationships with other people.

I drew inspiration from the defining moments of my life, dealings in the world of business and law, and interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. The Collectibles is at its core, a principle, a philosophy – a way of approaching life. In creating the collectibles in the story I drew upon my life experiences with a variety of people, each of whom were challenged in some way – all of whom had intrinsic worth.

My idea in writing The Collectibles was to put in words what has been in my mind, heart, and hopefully my deeds throughout my life. There are many things in life, whether we like it or not, that we cannot control. At least I can’t. I can’t stop oil gushing from the Gulf. I can’t stop fighting in Afghanistan. I can’t stop corporate mentality that values economic return over life itself. But I can, and have over the years, helped several people deal with serious and troubling issues in their lives. We are all in need of help in one way or another.

My life has been rich in opportunities to help others, as a lawyer, a former judge, and as a business man dealing in health care and other areas. As I have endeavored to use those opportunities to “Help the other fella” I have met many people with serious difficulties and challenges. Helping them, and learning from them, was a source of inspiration in writing my novel. In the end, I believe that in trying to help others, I was the one who benefitted the most.
 

 


Books-and-Authors.net: Who is Joe Hart? Who is Preston Wilson?

James J. Kaufman: We meet Joe Hart and Preston Wilson as 15-year old boys from different worlds who make life defining promises. These pledges become the common thread intertwining their lives. Joe promised himself as an orphaned teenager that he would be uncommon. Preston Wilson, a child of wealth and privilege from New York’s Upper East Side, fears financial failure.

Thirty years later, facing the implosion of his empire and in his quest for survival, Preston seeks the help of Joe Hart; the one man Preston believes can save him. Joe, an attorney and former submarine commander, reluctantly undertakes the mission, but insists that Preston commit to fulfill an unspecified condition in the future. Desperate, Preston agrees.

When Joe calls in the IOU, Preston is required to meet, earn the trust of and care for several people Joe has befriended, none of whom Preston would want to know. In the process, Preston discovers a new way of looking at life that he didn’t know existed.


 


Books-and-Authors.net:  THE COLLECTIBLES – Explain the title as it relates to the plot.

James J. Kaufman:  For years I have watched people collect and proudly display all kinds of things (watches, clocks, figurines, furniture, cars, dolls, stamps, coins, whatever) and I am a collector myself (old bullet molds, wooden boxes). My idea, conceptually, for the use of “Collectibles” in terms of people, is not driven by collecting or possession. On the contrary, The Collectibles is a concept of relationships, an opportunity for one person to reach out to another person who is in difficulty, challenged in some way, and help that person. In the process, the helper comes to realize the intrinsic worth and value of the individual in need and receiving the help. When their inherently good qualities are recognized, the characters in my story are not only enriched, but so are the lives of those who reach out to them. The receiver’s self worth and self esteem is enhanced and as their difficulties are unbundled and improved, they become happier and more appreciative of their lives and the people that have helped them. The friend lending the helping hand is a beneficiary in the process. This is the investment we should be making. The collectibles increase in value over time.
 

 


Books-and-Authors.net:  THE COLLECTIBLES is your first novel. Now that your book is out, what do you know that you didn’t know as a writer/author?

James J. Kaufman: I know how much I need to learn about writing, that I can still tell a story, and I can still learn how to tell it better. I also learned the importance of the rewriting process and the importance of a good editor.

 



Books-and-Authors.net: THE COLLECTIBLES would make a great film—If Hollywood called today and asked you to cast the film, who ould you cast and why?

James J. Kaufman:  I too believe that THE COLLECTIBLES would make a great film, and I dream that Hollywood will call. I doubt they would expect me to cast the film. If they did, I would seek actors and actresses who really get the book and are excited about a particular character he or she would play.

 



Books-and-Authors.net: What are readers saying about THE COLLECTIBLES?

James J. Kaufman: I’ve read a number of wonderful reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other venues. Most people say “I love the book and couldn’t put it down.” They mention the unusual and compelling plot, the character development, and they talk about how the book has changed the way they look at life.

 



Books-and-Authors.net: What do you hope to achieve with THE COLLECTIBLES?

James J. Kaufman: I hope readers will take away from the book that there is worth in each individual, and value in making the effort to find it. We can adjust the lens we look through, and in doing so, see how we can help one another and, in the process, help ourselves.



Books-and-Authors.net: What was the last book you read?

James J. Kaufman: I recently finished David Baldacci's Deliver Us from Evil.



Books-and-Authors.net: What’s next?

James J. Kaufman: I've started Book 2 of a three part series. It is a sequel to THE COLLECTIBLES with several new characters, twists, and turns. It, too, focuses on relationships and the meaning of life.
 

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