Zoltan James is the pen name of ZJ Czupor. He writes mysteries, thrillers, and poetry. His novel excerpts have been winners or finalists in the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America); Southeastern Writers; Whodunit Mystery Writing (Mystery Fest Key West); and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. A screenplay was a finalist for the Bogart Noir Short Film Competition in Miami.  

His noir short story, The Man in the Corner is featured in Crossing Colfax, by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Many of his noir haiku poems are featured in Stop the World: Snapshots from a Pandemic, (Thalia Press), which includes authors, poets and essayists from around the world.

ZJ is vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes a monthly column, The Mystery Minute, which can be found at www.rmmwa.org. He also co-chairs Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s annual literary awards competition.

In 1990, ZJ and his wife co-founded The InterPro Group, one of Denver’s leading marketing and public relations firms. He once tried out with the Pittsburgh Pirates (you probably have a good idea how that turned out). For fun, he crossed Colorado three times on his bicycle in the annual Ride the Rockies tour. Then, as a personal challenge, he completed a record-breaking 40-foot firewalk in Hawaii…because it was there.

ZJ and his wife are proud to be owned by their two beautiful, and way too smart, rescue collies.