Interview with James Ross, author of “Pabby’s Score”


jamesrossKnown best for living life to the fullest James Ross decided early on that he was going to work to live, rather than live to work. With a persuasive demeanor and a “don’t-take-no-for-an-answer” attitude he embarked on a journey that allowed for him to live life along the way.

Born in Central Illinois in the early 1950’s James Ross grew up wanting to be a professional athlete. He was the oldest son of a high school basketball coach and a homemaker. Early in his life his dad took a job as a textbook salesman for a division of Doubleday. Soon thereafter the family relocated from the corn fields of Illinois to the Metro St. Louis area.

He took up the game of golf at the age of twelve when the family moved to a golf course development in the western suburbs of St. Louis. His passion for the game grew from that moment on and with continued practice he became a low-handicap player. Mr. Ross was a three-sport athlete in high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to go to college. After one year of that he transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia. There he was a member and social chairman of Beta Theta Pi fraternity until he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance in 1974.

After a few years of traveling and a two year stay in Los Angeles at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Mr. Ross returned to the St. Louis area to embark on a career in sales. After turning fifty he decided to get in touch with the creative side of his mind and sat down to write. Three years later his first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published.

Upon completion the writing bug had consumed him. Before his first novel was finished he had begun the second book. Finish Line is a continuation of the happenings in and around the fictitious setting of Prairie Winds Golf Course on the East Side of St. Louis. Drawing inspiration from his characters, the third book, Tuey’s Course, was released in January of 2009. Opur’s Blade is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.

When he is not writing, Mr. Ross is out looking for a golf game around town or traveling to some warm weather destination to enjoy an amazing life. Many of his stories will be centered on a sports theme complete with applicable analogies. Being a native of the Midwest they will also carry references to the heartland of America.

You can visit James Ross’ website at

The Interview

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My never-say-die attitude

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I want immediate results

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

“listen to your inner voice to guide you – Me

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

Writing five novels is an accomplishment but staying strong through daily battles gives me a lot of inner peace

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

I stay the course and “believe.”

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It is something that has always interested me.

When and why did you begin writing?

Novels? I had a story to tell.

How long have you been writing?

Seven years

When did you first know you could be a writer?

At an early age – grade school

What inspires you to write and why?

Right now it is the social commentary that my characters have

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

Dram and intrigue

What inspired you to write your first book?

I had a story to tell

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

Actually I wanted to take my story to the big screen

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

My characters

What made you want to be a writer?

I like the creativity and freedom to imagine

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Staying with it and not getting sidetracked

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?


Do you intend to make writing a career?

If readers like what I do then I’ll keep dreaming up plots

Have you developed a specific writing style?

I like the use of dialogue as well as short paragraphs and short chapters

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

The use of dialogue


Pabby's ScorePabby and Shae, teens with special needs hoping to expand their experience outside Footprints of Hope Foster Care Center, arrive at Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis.

Innocence and youthful enthusiasm get caught in an undercurrent of sinister events. Civil injustice prompted by an unethical attorney arrives in the form of a bogus insurance claim. Alcohol and greed taint a dishonest judge. An Internet dating site feeds an affair. Shady police work attempts to stain the reputation of head pro, J Dub Schroeder. As the court spins out of control an ethics board investigation and an edgy game of instant messaging tempt the hands of fate. Savant-like tendencies, dementia and flying falcons intertwine with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point. A retired barrister hints about a corrupt underground society.

Can revealing a dark secret settle PABBY’S SCORE?