No matter if it is a book signing, panel discussion, or informal talk, James is asked how he develops his stories and does he ever get writer's block. Here's the response he gave at Mystery On The Menu in 2011:

       

James R. Preston Appearances

     BookCarn

     MG

     Men Of Mystery, November 2012

     Left Coast Crime, March 2012

     Men Of Mystery, November 2011

     Mystery On The Menu, panel moderator, January 2011

     Men Of Mystery, October 2010

     Borders Bookstore, public talk and book signing, July 2010

     El Segundo's Author Fair, June 2010

     Cheesecake Factory, book signing, February 2010

     Cheesecake Factory, book signing, January 2010

     Orange Book Club, book signing and talk, September 2009

     Bouchercon, presentation, September 2005

     SDSU Writers’ Conference, presentation, January 2003

     SDSU Writers’ Conference, panel discussion, January 2001

For the last six years James has judged the Lions Club High School Speech Contest at the local and regional level. From 2004 until 2010 he also presented “Writing As A Career” to hundreds of junior high students at Casimir Middle School.