James HaseltonJames C. Haselton was born in 1949 in Rochelle, Illinois. His father, Claude and his aunts, uncles, and other family members were school teachers all of whom had a deep love of music. His mother, Jeanne, though not a teacher, always supported both of her sons in their musical and educational endeavors. Growing up immersed in such an environment he found himself at the age of eight learning piano on a large upright given to the family by his grandfather. The following year he began studying the trumpet and quickly became a very serious student of that instrument. By the time he graduated from high school it seemed only logical to pursue a career in music, the subject he enjoyed the most. A few years later he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music degree and two years after that, a Master of Music degree with emphasis in music theory and composition. During this time he wrote many experimental compositions for both electronic media and traditional instruments. He enjoyed performing at weddings, in dance bands, and most notably for several years as principal trumpet with the NIU symphony orchestra. For many years his idol was Adolph Herseth, the world renowned principal trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In 1971 he married Becky also from Rochelle who remains his best friend and life partner to this day. Becky is an RN who became interested in information technology as it applies to the field of medicine and she soon became immersed in the field of nursing informatics. Among other results of her work, Becky is the co-editor of a book, The Systems Challenge, a guide to clinical information systems for the health professional. James and Becky have a son, Nicholas, who was born in 1974 and is enjoying a successful career as an IT engineer at a large hospital in the Chicago area. James later became interested in business and acquired an MBA in 1985 which led to further career development as an information technology specialist. It is said that we live in the information age; who can doubt it?

Fran Lebowitz said in an interview once that there are no child prodigy authors like there are musicians such as Mozart because children have nothing to write about at that young age. It seems to be a true statement and may explain Haselton’s late arrival to the art and craft of writing. After decades of searching out the best in science fiction and fantasy writing, and merging that with a determined outer and inner search for truth, Haselton has come to a unique point of view and a commitment and passion for expressing it in a special type of story. His motivation as a writer has much to do with literature and language but perhaps even more to do with a life exploring the heights and depths of the human Spirit. He believes that stories should be simultaneously entertaining, didactic, eclectic, and inspirational. His current work, an epic fantasy series, The Minstrel's Song, embraces these values through a creative process which calls upon a life rich in the joy of music and the very best in literature to develop the singular theme underlying all of life, Spiritual liberation.