About J.E. Syke

James Edgar Skye is a native of Salinas, California. His diagnosis continues to be Bipolar One disorder since 2007, and his journey with this disease heavily influences his writing. Over the years, the diagnosis includes panic disorder, social anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder. His love for writing and his experience with Bipolar one helped create the moniker and his brand “The Bipolar Writer.”

J.E. considers himself a young adult/adult fiction and a fantasy fiction novelist, but he also writes screenplays and non-fiction. He writes within the romance/drama and fantasy genres in his novels and screenplays. J.E. has written a screenplay entitled Memory of Shane and is working on a book of the same name.

His love for literature expands to his greatest influencers, Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. Beyond that, his favorite era in writing is Romanticism and Dark Romanticism. James is a lover of literature with love for the work of Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Mary Shelley, Austen, Stephen King, James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, and Stephanie Myers as just a few. His love for books knows no bounds and will read anything he can get his hands on. James’ passion for literature came from his mother, who began reading to him when he was two. J.E. could read on his own at the age of three. Ever since, he has read as many books as possible with plans to always broaden his horizon. Recently he has been reading Shelby Forsythia’s Permission to Grieve and Eckhart Tolles A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. He does this by consistently willing to read new and exciting literature that is past, present, and future.

J.E. graduated summa cum laude in 2018 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English and Creative Writing with a specialization in fiction (minoring in journalism, screenwriting, and political science). In 2018, James started down the path of completing his Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing with a focus in fiction with the hope of completion in 2020.

In 2020, James will be taking his freelance writing into a full-time business called The Bipolar Writer Ghostwriting Services, focusing as a memoirist and working on other writing services. You can find more information here on my author website.

In his spare time, when he is not writing fiction. J.E. likes writes small blog articles that chronicle his issues relating to his mental illness like anxiety, depression, insomnia, panic disorder, and suicide. His blog, The Bipolar Writer blog, is a collaborative one where different writers within the mental illness community call home. It is a safe place for all seeking to understand mental illness.

James used this platform to write a memoir on his experiences entitled The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir. It was first published in November 2019, but unforeseen circumstances with the original publisher pushed the book to be unpublished in December 2019. It will be re-released in March of 2020.

James is also writing/editing a fantasy fiction novel entitled The Rise of Nephilim, a six-book series. In 2020, James will be publishing a short novella and two short stories for publication. The novella is called Angel on the Ward with the short story entitled The Dark Passengerand Hyeon, and the Precious Notebook. Both short stories will be published in literary magazines.

J.E. is a coffee addict and spends most of his time in coffee shops writing. He also loves Japanese culture, including anime, foods like sushi/sashimi, and he loves Korean pop music and food. In his spare time, he plays role-playing video games to cope with his depression. Music is a significant part of how J.E. deals with depression and anxiety. In 2020, J.E. is learning to speak Korean. He also loves to watch sports and actively roots for the Dodgers, Broncos, Lakers, and Alabama football.

Always Keep Fighting


You can visit the author site of James Edgar Skye here.

Purchase The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir here.

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34 Replies to “About J.E. Syke”

  1. Thank-you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I am full of admiration for the way you are coping with your mental health issues. As you have probably realised from my blog, both my daughters have mental health problems. My younger daughter has severe anxiety, mainly social anxiety, and it was thought for a long time that she had Asperger’s Syndrome because when she is very anxious or is having a panic attack she exhibits similar behaviours to someone with Asperger’s. She may be on the autistic spectrum – which is fine – but I think it is the anxiety which causes most of her problems. My older daughter also has anxiety but her main difficulty is with her Bipolar 2 disorder. She was only diagnosed a few years ago after years of faulty diagnosis and wrong treatment. She has been taking medication which kept the disorder at bay but also played havoc with her short-term memory and stopped her being able to write. She has recently taken herself off her medication, which was an uncomfortable thing to do, but she was desperate to re-discover her real self and to get her memory back. She has unfortunately re-discovered her anxiety! I am hoping she will be able to start writing again.

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    1. Sounds like you are on a journey with your daughter. I am sorry I didn’t spend a really long time on your blog. I have been sick and busy which is never a good combination. Going off medication is tough. Make sure you monitor your daughter. Thank you for taking some time to read my blog and like my posts. I try to keep up but my volume is usually high everyday. But thank you again.

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  2. Do you know David Jauss? I believe he teaches in the creative writing program (in the Summers) in New Hampshire. I grew up in Connecticut and taught for two years in Rhode Island. I love New England! Thanks for following and good luck with your writing.

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  3. Hi James Edgar, nice to meet you on this nice Community 😉 Feel free to visit anytime. I wish you a good luck with your novelist job, go on with your memoir, publish it, go, go… until soon xx from Parisian suburbs in a snowy silent freezing evening Luv

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      1. You’d better 🙂 I’ve been quite bipolar in my youth, and after treatments I found flowers power very useful to balance mood swings. Psychodrugs are not good in a long term, bet you knoe this.

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      2. I do. I have been dealing lately with the long term effects of two medications I have taken over the last ten years.


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