Living in the peace and quiet of Southern Brittany, James Sillwood readily acknowledges that the peaceful surroundings at his cottage inspire an atmosphere conducive to writing.
After an itinerant early life, James has now settled in France and divides his time between writing and music. As an accomplished musician he plays regularly as a soloist and with a Latin jazz group. It is here, at his secluded home in Brittany, that Amatore's Restaurant has been completed. This book, along with West Quarry Farm and two other novels, have been long term projects; the first ideas for the plot and characters taking shape well over ten years ago. It has only been in the last year or so that he has been able to focus on finishing these works.
When taking a break from performing and writing, James takes a keen interest in Breton culture and local history, enjoys trying out regional recipes, visiting local markets and exploring the surrounding area.