|James and a colleague run an independent TV production company called Bigeasy Productions Ltd which has made a series of sports programmes and factual documentaries.
However, James now takes a back seat and spends most of his time writing between his main home in Southampton and his second home in Spain.
James was born in London and grew up in the gritty streets of Peckham where his family were well known street traders. Friends and relatives call him Jim, but he’s used his formal name for his writing since his first book was published at the age of twenty five.
James began work as a newspaper journalist on a local paper in South London. Whilst there he won the prestigious Young Journalist of the Year Award. At the same time he worked as a freelance reporter for national newspapers including The Sun and The Mail.
He gave up journalism altogether for three years when recessionary pressures meant that he and his family could not afford to pay the bills. Reporters in those days were on pretty low wages. So he became a ‘Del Boy’ type street trader – or ‘fly-pitcher’ - selling goods such as jeweller from a suitcase all over London, including Oxford Street.
It was the kind of work where he had to stay one step ahead of the police to avoid being arrested for obstructing the footpath. Naturally he didn’t always manage to escape – despite having a number of lookouts, including his then wife!
James found the whole experience fun and exhilarating. And it gave him the time to embark on his writing career. He penned four thrillers which were published by Robert Hale of London. These were Pinnacle of Ice, The Venice Ultimatum, When Strangers Came and The Triad Consignment. But with a young family and the need to find a ‘proper job’ James was forced to put his writing career on hold.
He went back into journalism and onto an evening newspaper in Kent. Soon after he got a job as a news scriptwriter in television – working for TVS in the South of England. He eventually became Producer and then Editor of a nightly news magazine programme.
When TVS lost its broadcast franchise he went to work as Head of News, Sport and Current Affairs for ITV Meridian. His career took off and he became Director of News across Meridian, Anglia and HTV. During this time he helped develop the careers for TV personalities including Nick Knowles, Natasha Kaplinsky and Kate Garraway.
He was then appointed Managing Director of Granada Sport, a position which took him all over the world to sporting events.
James is also a professional magician in his spare time and has his own magic website at www.tricksuk.com.