James E. Lalonde was a technology and business journalist at the Seattle Times, KING 5 News and was involved in the startup of half a dozen software and digital media companies in the Pacific Northwest.
As a kid in Montana, Lalonde learned to love words reading the dictionary and science fiction. He was a science nerd who placed Third in Applied Physics at the International Science Fair. He started off writing fiction out of college, but soon fell off the literary wagon to become a journalist. After attending university for a year abroad in Italy, he maintained a passion for the country and some of his writing is set there. He was a Gelato maker for several years. More recently, he has worked with the homeless and mentally ill as a counselor, researching Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans.
Lalonde received the William T. Costello Poetry Award while at Gonzaga University, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Poetry. Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans, was a finalist in the 2010 Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Urban Fantasy Sci-Fi. He is currently working on new projects in the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific University.
“I believe that every voice has a story that deserves to be heard and that often it is the unheard voice that is most profound,” says Lalonde. “As these voices speak to me, I try to remember what Plato said: ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle…'”
Lalonde lives in Seattle and is the father of three daughters. His wife is a fellow journalist.