James began writing comic scripts because he couldn't think of anything better to do. Since then he has written prose in many genres, from SF and Fantasy, through urban fantasy and thrillers on into crime. Natural Causes, his first adventure with Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector McLean, was short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2007. Its sequel, The Book of Souls was short-listed in 2008.
Down the years, James has held a bewildering number of jobs to feed his writing addiction, from international carriage driving competition course builder to web application designer for agricultural research. Nowadays he can be found roaming the hills of North East Fife, where he farms 350 acres, raising Highland Cattle and Romney Sheep.