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WHO IS JAMES KING?
An Englishman who emigrated to South Africa in 1995, James King’s work took him all over the Country, visiting Cities, townships and rural areas, gaining valuable insight into the culture and lives of the people, post-apartheid.
In 2011 James left South Africa for Thailand, where he learned landscape photography and writes literary fiction novels, poetry and short stories.
Leading a well-travelled but somewhat fractured and unconventional life, James has mixed with politicians, sports stars, creatives, music impresarios, business tycoons, murderers, fraudsters, and even hired assassins. They have all provided rare material which he uses to great effect in his writing.
Blogging, writing articles about Thailand and poetry, led to writing novels. With a literary bent, his character-driven stories are dramatic, suspenseful, thrilling and emotional. There are always romantic and sinister elements at play in his plots.
James’ poetry drifts from the romantic to fear for the survival of our world, human rights and the darkness of death. Inspired by music, film, and literature. Shakespeare, Dickens, Hesse, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, among others, have all had a profound influence on his life, his writing, and the messages within.
ABOUT JAMES' WRITING
The advantage of making my books available directly to the public, rather than through traditional publishing channels, is the interaction and feedback that allows between author and reader. Unless I become too popular or so unpopular that no-one cares, I can communicate on a personal level every day with my readers. Those who enjoy my work and those who don’t but have something constructive to offer. It means that, while you can’t write my books for me, you may have an influence on my writing in some way. Some authors may not enjoy reader contact, but I do.
I’m not so good at fantasy, so most of my stories are grounded in the reality of my own experiences. They deal with cultural, social and prejudicial issues in the places where I have lived and know well. And much of what happens in my stories has happened in real life.
I make a big effort to convey locations, in a way that renders them alive and realistic, because I want to transport readers to the places I'm writing about. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, someone is sure to tell me, and I can fix it. I have either lived in or am familiar with most of the places I write about. For example, I have lived in Thailand permanently since 2011, so it wasn’t hard to put Alfie into situations that happened in places I know, in the series Alfie Goes to Thailand, and then write about them.
In my second series, The Kenright Chronicles, Jack Kenright comes from my birthplace in England, finds himself in the Mediterranean, where I spent many months, and South Africa where I lived for almost twenty years, post-apartheid. It was an ideal opportunity to set some of the series in the midst of a thrilling, euphoric and often scary time. A time of freedom, in which organised crime flourished during South Africa’s political transition between the late 1980’s and the early 2000’s. Little understood it makes for compelling and suspenseful thrillers.
These aren’t situations or places a writer can easily conjure up on a location scouting trip. I’m lucky I don’t have to rely on journalism, blogs and other studies, except for facts. I have more than enough material to last a lifetime. The hard part is layering it within evocative narrative that is not too obvious but comes with practice. I am always working to pull it off, so readers will be happy.
James King 2019