Early in my career I interviewed Henry Kissinger: Nobel Peace Prize recipient, former Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor.  It was the interview that led to the article that would shape my career, and it started like this.

My time with Kissinger was squeezed between a photo session and his speech at a Chicago hotel in the spring of 1987.  As I waited, watching this historical icon being photographed, I was becoming more nervous by the minute.  Then, I became even more nervous when his bodyguards seemed to be noticing how tense I was!

After the cameras were put away and we began our small talk, I was doing much better, although still a little anxious - which is why I believe Kissinger soon told me about a writer he met at a party, and how she said, “Mr. Kissinger, people say you are an amazing man.  Amaze me.”  He said that because of what she said, the pressure was off of her, onto him, and all he could do was give one of his best interviews.

So, with a smile, I said to Kissinger, “Amaze me.”

Always Writing

Not surprisingly, writing has always been part of my life.  I was that elementary school kid whose essay won the big writing contest, that high school kid who took speed reading class so I could devour even more books, that college kid who got published when a literature professor sent my treatise to Random House.

Then, fresh out of school, I began a productive and rewarding 17-year career in marketing communications.  As part of my job, I published and wrote for magazines and websites, which had me meeting and interviewing interesting people: Katie Couric, Henry Kissinger, Larry King, Madeleine Albright, George Will, President Gerald Ford, Sam Donaldson, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Coach Lou Holtz and many others.

The interviewing, writing and publishing were what I most enjoyed, and several of my articles and publications went on to earn national awards from organizations such as the Public Relations Society of America, American Advertising Federation and International Association of Business Communicators.

One of those awards led to me being interviewed for what quickly became a New York Times bestseller, Hyperwars: 11 Strategies for Survival and Profit in the Era of Online Business.  While working with the author, Bruce Judson, I seriously considered writing full-time, but chose instead to take my marketing communications career to the next level... consulting.

Over the next few years, I consulted for a Munich-based global energy company and then for a London-based international auction house.  Yet, just as it was before, I soon found myself gravitating toward the areas of my work that involved researching, interviewing, writing, editing and getting published.

No longer able to deny it, I finally gave in to my passion and transitioned to full-time writer and editor, and never looked back.

(In 2017, Jim Huth’s co-authored Your Awesome Brain became a bestseller after receiving two Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in 2016. Also in 2016, Clos de Paris, which he edited, became a bestseller. In 2015 and 2014, his co-authored Your Amazing Heart became a bestseller and received a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, while Your Best Investment, which he edited, received a Living Now Book Award.)

Another James Huth

Whenever someone thinks I’m James Huth, the writer and director, I usually point out that while we are both writers, only his stories have been made into movies... so far!

You see, that certain James Huth is a famous French moviemaker whose hits include Happiness Never Comes Alone (2012), Lucky Luke (2009) and Brice de Nice (2005).

Even though my family history does include European heritage, I don’t think we’re related - unless someone reading this happens to know him!  In that case, please let Monsieur Huth know his American cousin would like to talk with him about a screenplay that takes place in Paris and was inspired by Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hotel de Ville) by Robert Doisneau.

Interviewing Henry Kissinger was truly a watershed event in my career - despite those huge, Elvis Costello glasses I used to wear!

“Amaze Me”