James was born in 1988 and grew up in Cardiff, United Kingdom. After attending Cardiff High School and gaining ten A* GCSE's and straight A's at A-level in Mathematics, Physics and English, he left Cardiff to study for a law degree at the prestigious London law faculty of University College London (UCL). His début fantasy novel, 'Samuel Deksis and the Castle of the Kings' was released in 2008 during his second year at that institution and marked the culmination of eight years of hard work and the end of a rough emotional journey.
"When my mother died from cancer at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff in 2005, aged just 52, I wanted to find a way to ensure that her name and memory would not be forgotten. I decided to finish writing the novel which I had started at the age of 12 and dedicate it to her."
Three years on, (now age 20) James has managed to secure a temporary publishing arrangement which will allow for small print runs to test demand. Copies of his novel can be purchased for £4.99 from http://www.lulu.com/content/5344875. The hope is that this will be the first novel at the start of something much bigger; a series of books or perhaps a more disparate mass of creative writing. A fusion of fantasy, politics and ideas mark his work to date. One thing is for certain, the name "Samuel Deksis" will be heard a lot more in the future.
James was awarded the G. F. Forsdyke Essay Award in 2007 for his consistently excellent creative writing and counts Michael Morpurgo, Elisabeth Laird, C. S. Lewis and Jane Austen as his favourite authors.
James Roberts books reviewed
- Samuel Deksis and the Castle of the Kings