With an interest in both spirituality and conspiracy theories, James writes journalistic non-fiction that investigates the stranger side of life, the outlandish and sometimes even the macabre.
James has had success with several screenplays, writing for German filmmakers Malteserkreuz Film, and producing a number of short films and mockumentaries himself.
In addition to his writings, James is also a music producer, studying a degree in Music Business, known for making Lofi-HipHop and Funk. He cites himself as a “Beatmaker. Tea Drinker. Heartbreaker.” With a comedic touch, however, his writings are sure not to break any hearts.
What inspires you to write?
The oddities of life. With an innate compulsion to write – I came out the womb with a quill in hand, doctors thought my mum gave birth to a featherless bird – I can't help but want to document the outrageous people of the world. There's no better feeling that exploring esoteric ideas that only a handful of individuals know about. It's like being the keeper of a poorly kept secret.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Jon Ronson. THEM: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats have been two of the biggest inspirations to my latest book Don't Hold Your Breath. I'm a big fan of Richard Ayoade too, more so for his humour than his writing style.
Tell us about your writing process.
Research. Plan. Write. Proof. Edit. In that order, but not always. I like to thoroughly research the topic I'm writing about before hand, and then make a clear plan to stop me getting lost along the way. I used to always think that plans were pointless. I'm a great writer, I would think, why shouldn't I just sit down and start writing? Now I see the value in planning.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't compare your work to that of your idols. You're an individual, show your own personality in your work. Once you stop comparing yourself to others you'll come into your own as a writer and a creative.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Independently through Amazon KDP. From what I read online traditional publishing is an incredibly long process, one I wasn't willing to wait through. Plus, with a little education and background in marketing, it seemed the obvious route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With more avenues opening up for independent authors, especially with the likes of Amazon KDP, the future is Indie. And with an insane amount of marketing advice out there on YouTube freely, there really is no reason not to self-publish.
What genres do you write?: Nonfiction, Investigative Journalism, True Crime, Biographic
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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