LeadVonE — J.M. Coombs
Author and Worldbuilder
Steeped in fantasy and mystery from an early age, young James would exasperate his parents by making wooden swords, building disguise kits, and cycling far further than was perhaps wise, always trying to push the boundaries of exploration further and further.
Typical Genres — Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure.
Notable influences: Enid Blyton, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, JRR Tolkien, Warhammer, and Warcraft.
While in high-school, he was introduced to business and self-help books and thus begun a decade-long quest to understand how the ‘real world’ worked, finally leading him to China where he got his B.A. with Outstanding Achievement in Events Management from the University of Huddersfield and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (long story).
Typical Genres — Business, History, Psychology, Economics.
Notable influences: Robert Greene, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, John Carlton, Josh Kaufman, The Great Courses Series, Cal Newport, and Daniel Kahneman.
After also finishing Josh Kaufman’s Personal MBA reading list—taking over five years to find and read all one-hundred books—James stumbled upon Less Wrong’s Methods of Rationality, and decided writing a Harry Potter fan-fiction might be fun.
Over 600,000 words later, Dodging Prison and Stealing Witches is one of the most-followed works of derivative fiction in the world, and is on the way to surpassing Methods of Rationality’s own follower count in February of 2020.
Wanting to spread his wings beyond the legalistically problematic profession of fan-fiction author, and loving world building more than is perhaps healthy, James struck out into the world of original fantasy fiction. His first full-length novel, Trial by Conquest, is currently being published as a second draft, chapter-by-chapter, for free, on websites such as Royalroad, Wattpad, and Webnovel.
James loves cycling, working out, business, travel, making things, learning things, and, of course, writing.