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 five DI Yates novels, all published by Salt Publishing, who had a writer shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. The first of mine, In the Family, came out on November 15th 2012 and the next four, Almost Love, Sausage Hall, The Crossing and Rooted in Dishonour, each year since then. I hope that you will read and enjoy them and I’ll be keen to hear what you think of them; you will find readers’ comments here, on the DI Yates Novels page.
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 along the tranquil waters of the English, Welsh and Scottish canals. I live in the Pennines (a very different kind of landscape from the Fens, but equally beautiful in their own hilly way), with the two boys in my life, one of whom is four-legged.
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!