James Porteous started writing record and concert reviews for national magazines when he was 14.
For over 30 years he worked as an Archivist and Visual Researcher, first at Canadian Broadcasting Corp and then Al Jazeera English, in Washington, DC and Doha, Qatar.
Many of the stories featured in this book are culled from those experiences.
James also plays guitar and wrote all of the songs for his book Bo Carter's Blues.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. And coffee. And my digital version of The Guardian newspaper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Observing life. Much of what I write comes from watching people, events and such. I rarely 'take note' of any of these things but they usually take a spot in the back of my brain, waiting for a chance to resurface.