Restless after schooling, James traveled and experienced plenty of adventures. He has been shot at, scaled Pyramids, climbed mountains, been through earthquakes, police detained and even swum with beavers.
James specialised in getting lost quite a bit, like in the Canadian wilderness in bear season, as well as experiencing hypothermia, dysentery, muggings, altitude sickness, thefts, a broken neck, desert breakdowns, etc.
Inadvertently these experiences set James up for a big writing journey.
In the 1990s James worked as a journalist for the financial pages of the Yorkshire Post, scooping the infamous Gerald Ratner; 'Crap' story.
James designed and built gardens for several years in London before upping sticks to a small village between the Dales and the Moors of North Yorkshire.
The inspirational landscapes of bleak hills, old monasteries, and expansive views were an ideal choice for the setting of the Eden Chronicles series. James commenced writing the series in 2007.
Following a brief and rather embarrassing appearance on ITV's,"Honeymoons from Hell" TV show (fleeing a psychotic African safari operator), James became an extremely minor celebrity. Fortunately, this happened pre-YouTube!
As a youth, James had his sights on playing the game of cricket for England, but a long list of injuries and a genuine lack of talent forced the issue. However, a notable sporting triumph in 2013 saw James row the English Channel and the 21 tidal miles of the Thames in aid of MND and Breakthrough Breast cancer.
James is a stay-at-home-Dad, a cub-scout leader and he retains his childhood passion for making dens, tall stories, and stargazing.