Jim Bostwick, author of Acts of Omission, discusses his decision to become a writer, the real-life inspiration behind his debut novel and his award nomination.
As a voracious reader of legal fiction, Jim Bostwick decided it was time to write his own novel, one that realistically depicts the difficult choices, high risk, ethical dilemmas, anguish and euphoria of everyday life for civil trial lawyers. Bostwick believes there are a lot of works that reinforce “ambulance chasing” stereotypes and present skewed or false views of the selection and preparation of trials, so after years of pondering writing a novel, he finally wrote Acts of Omission to correct that deficiency.
Acts of Omission is loosely based on a San Francisco case Bostwick tried in 1984 when he went up against one of the country’s most famous attorneys to seek justice for a devastatingly injured teenager. The novel not only gives you an insider’s look into the life of a lawyer but also delivers a twist-filled tale complete with intrigue, romance and one man’s heroic fight for justice.
Acts of Omission was nominated for the 2020 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize is awarded annually to a published work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Harper Lee established the Prize in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Previous Prize winners include novelists such as John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Sharon Bala.
Listen to Jim’s podcast interviews on Blog Talk Radio’s Feisty Side of Fifty and Gurvey’s Law with hosts Alan Gurvey and Kerri Kasem (daughter of radio icon, Casey Kasem, the originator of American Top 40 music countdown). You can also read Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb for exciting news from Jim!
The paperback edition of Acts of Omission is now available for purchase. Order your copy online today from a local bookstore on Bookshop.org.
Jim Bostwick will be interviewed live on Gurvey’s Law on KABC-AM 790 Talk Radio this Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 5:00pm-6:00pm PDT.
Jim will be talking about his award nominated legal thriller, Acts of Omission, and discussing justice in the time of COVID-19.
Gurvey’s Law is a long-running talk show on KABC Radio in Los Angeles. Hosts Alan Gurvey and Kerri Kasem (daughter of radio icon, Casey Kasem, the originator of American Top 40 music countdown) interview some of the country’s most famous lawyers, top legal minds, legal scholars, luminaries of the legal world, politicians, newsmakers, athletes and entertainers.
Bostwick, founder of Bostwick & Peterson, is rated among the Top 4 Trial Lawyers by the California Bar Journal. He is also featured in Newsweek, Town and Country, and Forbes as one of America’s top trial lawyers. In his novel, Acts of Omission, he uses his vast experience to provide a rare glimpse into the world of civil trial lawyers, what motivates them, the enormous risks they take, and the choices that define them professionally and personally.
Listen to the live interview on gurveyslaw.com, Apple Podcasts, or Audioboom.com
During an interview with Authority Magazine James Bostwick was asked what 5 things you need to know to become a great author. Based on his experience with writing his novel Acts of Omission, he answered with the following advice:
- Write concerning something you are passionate about.
- Everyone’s writing wants to explain/tell the reader what is going on — don’t. Show them and let the reader figure it out. When the reader can use their imagination, the story comes alive. In other words, don’t tell them what your character is thinking, show it with their actions or mannerisms.
- Don’t use an outline or, if you do, don’t follow it too closely. Characters and storylines must have the freedom to go where the winds may blow them. When your characters start doing things you never had imagined they would do, that’s when the story begins to resonate. Your novel has then developed a life of its own.
- Listen to the ideas of friends and family but rely primarily on your own instincts. Writing is a creative process like art — not everyone is going to like the product of your efforts. Every good author is going to have a few one- or two-star reviews. You must give birth to what is inside you and not worry about pleasing everyone.
- Editing is key. When you have your 500-page masterpiece completed, remember that it probably has 100 pages of fat that don’t need to be there. When it has been pruned of chapters or vignettes you thought were fun/great at the time but upon cold-blooded reflection aren’t truly necessary, the story will move much faster, won’t have dead spots and will keep the reader more engaged.
James also discusses the challenges he faced in his journey to become an author and habits that helped during his writing process. Read the full Authority Magazine article on medium.com.
As a voracious reader of legal fiction, Bostwick decided it was time to write his own novel, one that realistically depicts the difficult choices, high risk, ethical dilemmas, anguish and euphoria of everyday life for civil trial lawyers. Bostwick believes there are a lot of works that reinforce “ambulance chasing” stereotypes and present skewed or false views of the selection and preparation of trials, so after years of pondering writing a novel, he finally wrote Acts of Omission to correct that deficiency. The novel is loosely based on a San Francisco case Bostwick tried in 1984 when he went up against one of the country’s most famous attorneys to seek justice for a devastatingly injured teenager.
See why this legal thriller has sold out multiple times, received rave reviews, and a nomination for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Buy your copy today.
James Bostwick had an hour long, in-depth interview with Scott Douglas Clary on Success Story Podcast.
Scott is known for his candid interviews with execs, celebrities, notable figures and politicians who have achieved success through both wins and losses. Guests talk about their life, their ideas and insights. He sits down with leaders and mentors and unpacks their stories to help pass those lessons onto others through both experiences and tactical strategy for business professionals, entrepreneurs and everyone in between.
James Bostwick is one of the most respected medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the nation. As Founder of Bostwick & Peterson, he’s cultivated a reputation as a top-tier specialist in catastrophic malpractice cases and has secured numerous record-setting verdicts and settlements. In this interview, Jim discusses his background, where his passion for medical malpractice law is rooted, and how he became an accomplished personal injury attorney.
He also talks about his decision to become a writer. As a voracious reader of legal fiction, he always loved stories about criminal trials, but was struck by how seldom anyone wrote about the other cases that fill the courtrooms of America. In the interview, Jim tells listeners more about the San Francisco case that inspired Acts of Omission. In 1984 when he was a young lawyer, he went up against one of the most famous lawyers in the country to seek justice for a young man with a devastating injury.
Listen to the interview, and hear the exciting news about a sequel to Acts of Omission, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
The paperback edition of Acts of Omission will be released on June 9, 2020. Pre-order your copy online today from a local bookstore on Bookshop.org, or on Amazon.com.
Thank you for joining me the other night to celebrate the success and paperback release of Acts of Omission. I wish we could have celebrated in person, but that wasn’t in the cards. I am grateful that we could still come together virtually. It was fun to see so many friendly faces, those that I have known for years and a few that I look forward to meeting. Your support means a great deal to me. Stay safe and please remember to write those reviews!
Thank you so much for being a part of the Acts of Omission Paperback Release party! If you were not able to attend to hear Jim’s talk and the BIG news about the book (too juicy to post here!) be sure to follow us on social media for more news about Acts of Omission and future speaking events: Facebook and Instagram. There is more to come!
The paperback edition of Acts of Omission will be released on June 9, 2020. Pre-order your copy online today from a local bookstore on Bookshop.org, or here on Amazon.com.
We will be celebrating the paperback launch of Acts of Omission via a Zoom Happy Hour Thursday, May 28th from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT and we’d love for you to join us!
Space is limited, so please register here as soon as possible: RSVP at Eventbrite.
Grab your favorite drink and join author James Bostwick who will share exciting news, answer your burning questions and give away coveted prizes.
If you’ve already RSVP’d, the Zoom link is in your confirmation email. Simply click on the Zoom link to join the party. If you didn’t receive the Zoom link, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The novel is inspired by a San Francisco case James tried in 1984 when he was a young lawyer and went up against one of the most famous lawyers in the country to seek justice for a young man with a devastating injury.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Acts of Omission yet, that’s okay, please still join in and you could win a signed, first edition copy or one of the first paperback copies!
It will be a wonderful celebration! Hope to see you!
Join author and nationally recognized trial lawyer, Jim Bostwick, for a Zoom Happy Hour on May 28th from 5:30-6:30 pm PDT to celebrate the Paperback Release of Acts of Omission, which was just nominated for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Jim has some really exciting developments to share with you, he’ll also answer your burning questions, and give away a few coveted prizes.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Acts of Omission yet, that’s okay, please still join in and you could win a signed, first edition copy! The novel is inspired by a San Francisco case Jim tried in 1984 when he was a young dogged lawyer and went up against one of the most famous lawyers in the country to seek justice for a young man with a devastating injury.
Please RSVP here at Eventbrite. Spots are capped, so be sure to secure your spot! Once registered, you will have access to the Zoom link sent via email.
Grab a happy hour drink of choice, log-in to Zoom and we’ll see you there!
Save the Date!
Acts of Omission Paperback Release Virtual Party
Save the Date! Join debut author and nationally recognized trial lawyer, James Bostwick, to celebrate the paperback release of his legal thriller Acts of Omission Thursday May 28, 2020 from 5:30-6:30pm PT.
During the virtual happy hour, Jim will share exciting news, answer your burning questions and give away a few coveted prizes. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
The party will be hosted on Zoom, with more details to follow.
Mark your calendar and we will be in touch soon!
James Bostwick, partner at Bostwick & Peterson, was interviewed about his debut novel, Acts of Omission, as well as his career as a nationally recognized trial lawyer.
In his interview with Authority Magazine, James discusses the challenges he’s had becoming an author, gives advice to aspiring authors, and talks about what has inspired him and contributed to him becoming a great writer.
“Writing is a creative process like art — not everyone is going to like the product of your efforts. Every good author is going to have a few one- or two-star reviews. You must give birth to what is inside you and not worry about pleasing everyone.”
James, along with his partner at Bostwick and Peterson LLP Erik Peterson, was interviewed on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco public radio: Your Legal Rights. Together, they speak about their job as trial lawyers of catastrophic injury cases. James speaks about Acts of Omission, and being nominated for the 2020 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Acts of Omission gives readers a realistic ‘day in the life’ of a civil trial lawyer. It’s based on a true San Francisco case that Bostwick tried in 1984, painting an authentic and gut-wrenching picture of the dangers, risks and rewards when a young, dogged lawyer goes up against one of the nation’s most famous attorneys to seek justice for a young man with a devastating injury.
Purchase your copy of Acts of Omission today on Amazon.com.
James Bostwick, author of Acts of Omission and partner at Bostwick & Peterson, was interviewed about the effects that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having on the justice system.
TVGrapevine.com shares the discussion they had with Jim about COVID-19 and the legal world. He explains the effects that the virus is having, what the justice system’s “new normal” looks like, and how America’s justice system might look like post COVID-19. In addition, Jim offers advice for lawyers on what they can do now to reduce the impact of those effects.
He was also interviewed by Dean Johnson on “Your Legal Rights: Will Justice Survive the Coronavirus?” on KALW 91.7 FM, San Francisco public radio where he discussed the effects that the Coronavirus is having, and will continue to have, on the justice system.
Jim was also quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle in their April 6th, 2020 article titled: “Coronavirus Pandemic: Courts adopt virtual, remote proceedings.” The article addresses this new reality that courts across California are facing and law professionals offer their thoughts on what this means for the justice system. Click here to see the print version of the article, or read online at SFChronicle.com
Jim is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over fifty years of experience. He is one of the most respected medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the nation and the founder of Bostwick & Peterson. He has spent more than 50 years specializing in complex medical malpractice and personal injury law, litigating some of the most complex and high-stakes cases in the country. He has set state and national records for high-value recoveries in legal malpractice, birth injury, and other personal injury claims. In early 2018, his firm obtained a $14M malpractice settlement just before trial over a neonatal brain injury. At the time, the result was the largest present value settlement in California history for a case that had not been tried to verdict.