James was born in England but now lives on the small Greek island of Symi where he writes novels and screenplays. His daily writer's blog, Symi Dream, gives an insight into everyday island life and has been the basis of three very popular books about his experiences of moving to, and living in, Greece. One of these carries a foreword by Anne Zouroudi, author of Bloomsbury’s Greek Detective mysteries, who writes: ‘James’ great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties…’
As well as writing non-fiction, James also writes thrillers, comedy novels and the occasional horror. His horror novel, 'The Judas Inheritance', set in Greece, has been adapted for film and filmed as 'the Thirteenth' starring Kurtis Stacey (Emerdale), Richards Syms (Gangs of New York), Rebecca Grant and Wookie Mayer.
Before moving to Greece, James worked in musical theatre, writing and directing several full length musicals, several revues and many cabaret shows. He has won awards for his theatre and fiction writing including an Arts Council of Great Britain Award for creativity. His screenplay ‘Shocking the Donkeys’ was shortlisted for the London Greek Film Festival 2014.