Gill James

Gill James

Gill James writes longer fiction for children and young adults, shorter fiction for adults, non-fiction, text books about writing and language learning and academic papers. She also conducts several writing experiments.

She is published by Crooked Cats, Tabby Cat Press, The Red Telephone, Butterfly, The Professional and Higher Partnership and Continuum. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Salford University where she is Programme Leader of the English and Creative Practice Programmes.

She has always wanted to be a writer and a strange holiday in the south of Spain and her children running out of reading a material finally kick-started her. Now she doesn’t feel right if she hasn’t written something every day.


Gill James in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1998 Nerja, Spain.

What do you love about short stories?

Short stories stay with you for a long time.

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, flash fiction, blogs, academic papers

What distracts you from writing?

Work, social media

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?


What is your favourite book?

The Lightkeeper's Daughter (though ask me again tomorrow and I'll say something different.))

Who are your favourite writers?

Charles Dickens, Aidan Chambers and Maeve Binchy

Where is your dream location?

Nerja, Andalucia

What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

If you want to do it you can. Never give up. However, the IF is huge!

Work by Gill James:

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What do you do when you can't find a mutually convenient date? Wouldn't it be good if you could time travel just a little? Unless it got out of hand of course...
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You could smell them, the people who lived in the underpass. The stench hit you before you were even within 200 yards of them. There must be about fifty there now. More arrived every day.
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They had always said that when one of them died the other would go to the funeral. nothing would stop them. When her first love dies prematurely she fails to keep her promise. Or does she?
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Tom keeps on seeing them. But are they real? What do they want with him?
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A future without money ... in which chocolate can be significant.

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