James Smith


James Smith, born in Surrey, England, grew up in South Africa where his father worked for NASA as an electronics engineer. His family returned to England in the late 70′s. After spending ten years in the defence industry working on top secret projects, he left to pursue interests in film and writing.

A keen guitarist, windsurfer, skier, and traveller, his thirst for inspiration has seen him trekking through rain forests, playing gigs in smoky pubs, sailing with drunken skippers on racing yachts, and hanging out with surf dudes on the beach. All fine material for the humour that laces much of his writing.

As well as involvement in film industry-related writing, fiction and autobiographical novels, James’ freelance work encompasses music and film reviews, travel writing, and blogs for online fashion and media magazines.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Travel. My writing is based heavily on observation - colourful characters, places, events - and so I like to move around. I rarely sit at home agonising over a blank sheet of paper and I love the freedom and travel that being a writer enables.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a thriller set in Andalucía. An Englishman gets caught up with some shady dealings involving dangerous factions of the international Mafia. I hope to publish it here soon!
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Where to buy in print


In At The Geek End
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,470. Language: British English. Published: July 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The hilarious madcap story of English surfer and computer programmer, James Smith, who finds himself caught up in the conformity of the UK defence business. Totally unsuited to the job, he embarks on a programme of extreme sports activities and tries to escape the rat race. His plans are thwarted, however, by his wayward love life and rocky finances.

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Smashwords book reviews by James Smith

  • Smashwords Style Guide on July 08, 2012

    Detailed and practical advice for the creation of a professional ebook. This guide will help to avoid classic blunders that could make your ebook look like amateur hour! Essential reading for ebook authors and publishers.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on July 09, 2012

    Mark Coker's books are comprehensive and straight talking, and this marketing guide is no exception. In the battle to get an ebook into the limelight, here are the facts and some tips to keep you ahead of the crowd. There is no magic wand for success here, but it beautifully sets the scene for the challenge! As it's free, there is no excuse for a serious ebook author to neglect this.