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With a new book on the horizon and the memoir controversy in his rearview mirror, James says he is quite content with life today. "[I am] where I always wanted to be," he says. "I love what I do. I always dreamed of doing this, of writing books and being able to call them what I want and being able to say what I want and being able to release what I want and being able to make it look how I want. ... I've never been happier in my life."

James also says the blessings he's had in his life, which helped him get to this place, are not lost on him. "I've been given a lot of gifts, and I've had a lot of things go wrong—often because of my own bad decisions," he says. "But I've had a lot of things go right. And I know that. And I'm thankful for that."

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