James enjoys most outdoor pursuits but favours climbing and kayaking. James has a love for all things occult and the escapism that fantasy fiction provides.
He lives in Nottingham with his wife and Eska, the families much beloved Northern Inuit dog. He is also about to become a father for the first time... On the 24th of December.
James graduated from Nottingham University with degrees in chemistry and mathematics.
After a serious break to his knee and emergency surgery for a blood clot complication James revisited his passion for fiction. Whilst laid up after surgery the first book in the Demons and Darkness series was born.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the outskirts of Nottingham, I think living in the countryside gave me a lot of opportunities but I would definitely say that my imagination was the greatest strength. I couldn't get enough of the old Hammer horror films, Japanese Manga cartoons and of course... Dungeons and Dragons. I developed a real love of the fantasy worlds they portrait and used to write short stories as a child. Although scary as my injury was at the time it gave me the opportunity and time to go back to something I genuinely enjoy doing... Writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've also written short stories or random poetry but as I got older I seemed to find it difficult to find the time to commit to my writing. A misfortune thankful had a positive outcome in that I had time to return to writing. I never intended to have a published piece of work, it was purely a labour of love. When I started writing I didn't even know what the story was going to be about. It grew organically with me and the more I created the story the more I wanted to know what happened next. I read afterwards that a lot of writers hit the magic ten thousand words and come to a stop, thankfully I was so engrossed in the story that writers block never hit me. Though most people still do not believe me when I say I didn't have a story mapped out but it is true.
Published: November 14, 2016.
Fiction » Fantasy » General
Demons and Darkness is a dark fantasy novel based in a very real world. Following several murders the criminal investigation quickly falls away into a world of the occult and the police are left chasing a supernatural group of killers.