James McCreet was born in Sheffield in 1971. Since then, he has lived in Norwich, Maidstone,
Brighton, Harrogate and Leeds, as well as a number of years abroad in Greece, China and Poland.
He has worked as a teacher, a bookseller, an editor, a copywriter, a and a journalist. He studied
English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, where his twin preoccupations
were Shakespeare and the novels of Ian Fleming. An MA followed at Sussex University, and then a
PhD that was cut short by lack of funding.
An enthusiastic writer since the age of about nine, James did not begin book-length writing
until 2005. His debut, “The Incendiary’s Trail”, was begun in 2006 and written entirely in Harrogate.
At that time, he was a copywriter for a stair lift manufacturer.
James is currently resident in Leeds, where he lives with his wife. He teaches the MA Novel
course at Sheffield Hallam University.