James Hartley


James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two young children.

James loves writing and reading - the former a compulsion, the latter a pleasure - as well as running, boxing, eating, drinking and trying to see, and enjoy, the good things in life.

Some of his favourite writers, in no particular order, are Enid Blyton, Mark E Smith, Eca de Quieroz, Beryl Bainbridge, Malcolm Lowry, Charles Bukowski, Judy Blume, DH Lawrence, Paul Theroux (if it´s travel), Somerset Maugham and Jan Morris.


Shakespeare´s Moon
Shakespeare´s Moon is a series of books about St Francis´ School. The series begins with a prequel which is available FREE on Smashwords, called Heart of Winter. ACT I of Shakespeare´s Moon, The Invisible Hand, will be published by Lodestone Books in February 2017. It is about students at the school who travel back in time and become involved in the plot of Shakespeare´s Macbeth. Each novel in the series will involve a different Shakespeare play.
Heart of Winter
Price: Free!


Heart of Winter
Series: Shakespeare´s Moon. Price: Free! Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A creepy winter´s tale which forms a prelude to the upcoming novel The Invisible Hand, first in the Shakespeare´s Moon series of books. For lovers of the macabre, the gothic, the unexplained and the unexaplainable.

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Smashwords book reviews by James Hartley

  • Three, Two, One on Dec. 20, 2016

    This is a brilliant prelude to Waterman´s other short story I´ve read, Light, Speed, Action, but it can be read as a standalone, too. Set during New Year´s Eve at the turn of the millenium, this is a perfect little story for this time of year. Once again the writing and presentation are of the highest standard and we can sit back and enjoy the thrills of spending a night in a haunted Victorian mansion with three friends, Becca, Vicky (from Light, Speed, Action) and Sani. No plot spoilers here - like the girls, you´ll have to live the story to find out who´s causing the strange noises during their freezing night together. Part of what is shaping up to be a cracking, ongoing YA series (Photon Lock), Three, Two, One is a perfect Christmas gift of a book for anyone who loves ghost stories, mystery stories or historical fiction. Of course, it´s also highly recommended to anyone who read the first story and wants to meet Vicky again and get to know her before Light, Speed, Action. Highly recommended!