James Marshall Smith is a physicist and novelist, whose stories are informed–and sometimes inspired–by his varied research career, from space satellites to molecular biophysics. He was Chief of Radiation Studies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta for over a decade and has served in consulting or advisory roles on nuclear-threat countermeasures for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the G7 Global Health Security Action Group in Berlin, London and Paris, and for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
His debut novel—Silent Source—was one of three international finalists for the 2015 Clive Cussler Grand Master Award. His other novel—Hybrid, another suspense/thriller—was a short-list finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and a finalist in the annual Colorado Gold Novel Contest. James belongs to the Authors Guild and International Thriller Writers and is currently a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books.
Born and raised in West Virginia,he now lives and writes in Georgia with his wife, June, also a native of WV. Nationally Board Certified, she was a past Georgia Middle School Teacher of the Year and a long-time member of the Annenberg Foundation School Reform Faculty.
Then there is their bossy Maltese, Georgie, who doesn’t really do a lot, but when he wants something, he can be overbearingly demanding.
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The Grand Master Award is given by the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Adventure Writers Competition. At the 2015 ceremony in Las Vegas, the finalists were interviewed. Here is James talking about his nominated novel (entered at the time under the title Operation Silent Source) and his writing career.