About Christina James
Here are some facts about me, C.A. James, to put up on one of those fancy see-through boards much loved by t.v. police programmes. You can draw your own connections! What can you piece together from the details?
First, you will find here a lead into my nine DI Yates novels, which are perhaps best described as psychological crime mysteries. They form a series, but each may be read as a standalone. One of them, De Vries, is a sequel, however, to Sausage Hall.
I was born in Lincolnshire, in England, and grew up in Spalding. I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the South Lincolnshire Fens, with their huge skies, limitless landscapes and isolated communities; I have always been interested in the psychology of the people who have lived there over the centuries. I have now put some of this interest and fascination into the fictional world of Detective Inspector Tim Yates.
I’m fond of the outdoor life, loving walking, cycling and taking narrowboats or a Hardy Pilot 20 along the tranquil waters of the English, Welsh and Scottish canals and rivers. I live in the Pennines (a very different kind of landscape from the Fens, but equally beautiful in their own hilly way) with the boy in my life and a very small black cat.
I have worked variously as a bookseller, researcher and teacher. I’ve always read widely, particularly in history, English literature and biography, but also in crime fiction, as I really enjoy sniffing out someone else’s clues. Under a separate name, I have been for some time a non-fiction writer, but my real heart is in the story.
And where does this site fit in?
A book is no good without readers. I hope that you will join me in my exploration of criminals and crimes and make some deductions of your own about my writing. I’d much appreciate your ideas and comments! I hope that you will also enjoy some book reviews, personal experiences and comments as they appear in the blog.
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Please feel free to ignore this – I nearly did but an afternoon waiting for the gasman gave me time to think! I’ve nominated you here as a Versatile Blogger http://anabelsblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/the-versatile-blogger/ because I really enjoy your writing. If you do want to join in, the links to the Versatile Blogger site are in my post.
Well done Christina. I’ve got this too and it is so exciting to be nominated. Congrats. 🙂
Thank you, Jane! 🙂
Have fun. Enjoyed reading your replies too, so have just left another comment….as you do!
Yep as you do….what are we like? I walk you home, then you walk me home, and then….your turn I think. 🙂
Hello Christina – I am a recently retired Senior Detective who worked in London and more recently Lincolnshire. Happy to provide advice for your work if you require any. Best Wishes – Stuart
It’s not every day that I receive offers like that. Thank you, Stuart. It’s a great boost to know that I have a Senior Detective to call on… and I’m sure that I shall be doing so. 🙂
I enjoyed and am curious after seeing your short excerpt from In the Family. You’ve got me hooked! I am looking forward to meeting you at the Winchester Writers’ Festival
Very pleased to meet you, Marion, and to hear some of your fascinating life story. 🙂 Best wishes.
Have just read, Almost Love, could not put it down. I believe that you write factual stories. Under what name. please. Adelaide, South Australia
Hello, Margaret. My published non-fiction output is for business purposes; I write industry reports which have a targeted audience and are not for general interest/consumption. Thank you, however, for visiting here and letting me know of your reaction to ‘Almost Love’ – I’m pleased that it grabbed you! 🙂