James Gilliland is probably known more worldwide for his famous ECETI Ranch where UFO's frequent Mt. Adams like teenagers at a shopping mall. What most may not know is about his talent and his thoughtfulness as an author. In this first interview, we ask about the motivations for James' writing endeavors. One mystery we are looking to solve, for example, is how he became so prolific in 2016, producing three books that year. We also discuss James' Near Death Experiences and how those experiences led him to his views of God and religion today. This is the first part of a two part interview and is also available on YouTube.