James was born in Portsmouth and worked as a motor mechanic before moving to London to study acting at LAMDA. At drama school he met ANA author Andy Robb and together they formed a writing partnership which led to their graphic novel The Player-King: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster being published by Ippon Books in 1993. They were also members of the comedy group ‘Slamdance’ and with them wrote for and appeared on, stage, TV and radio. James and Andy bounce ideas off each other all the time and still write together.
James is currently working on a teen novel about a post-apocalyptic earth where city-dwellers and travellers are forced to work together to survive. James is married and has three children.