James started writing comic scripts while at Aberdeen University, and continued after graduation because nobody would give him a real job. His first attempt at crime fiction, Natural Causes, introduced the world to Detective Inspector Tony McLean, and was short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2007. Its follow-up, The Book of Souls, was short-listed the following year. When neither of them set the publishing world on fire, he decided to go it alone and publish them as e-books. Combined downloads of the two titles topped 300,000 in their first six months. James will be talking about the first book in his new series, No Time To Cry, which features Detective Constable Constance Fairchild.