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James Hartley

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James was born near Liverpool, England, on a rainy Thursday in May 1973. He moved to Singapore when he was seven and has lived in Oman, Thailand, France and Scotland doing various jobs. He now lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children.

The Invisible Hand, the first book in the Shakespeares Moon series, was published by Lodestone Books in February 2017. It is stocked at the National and Globe Theatres in London and in bookshops all around the world. James works with Shakespeares Schoolroom in Stratford-Upon-Avon, running national creative writing competitions with them. He publishes the work of young writers on his website.

Cold Fire, based on Romeo and Juliet, was published on 31st August, 2018.

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James Hartley Hi Bobbie. Thanks for the question. I think this is the first question Ive been asked by a real person on Good Reads!
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Hi Bobbie. Thanks for the question. I think this is the first question I´ve been asked by a real person on Good Reads!
The writers most influential on my writing are probably Enid Blyton, for her imagination (and for giving me hours and hours of reading pleasure as a child), Mark E Smith, an English rock singer, for his word play, Beryl Bainbridge, an English writer from Liverpool for her well-crafted later books and then Malcolm Lowry, Charles Bukowski, Iain Banks and Eca de Queiros among many others for their mastery of the art.
I don´t try and copy anyone but I do sometimes stop and take a metaphorical step back when I really like someone´s writing to ask myself "why?".
My experience in Asia plays into the humanity of the characters in the Shakespeare´s Moon books. In the past and probably in the future I will write more stories based in Asia but as these books are largely based in England, Asia comes through more from characters than settings.
I love Asia like I love everywhere I have been in the world. I love Libya, Syria and Singapore. I love Scotland, England, Ireland, France and Germany. I love the USA, Malaysia, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Italy. I´m not a big fan of borders and flags and nationalism. I don´t think anywhere´s "better" than anywhere else - really. I don´t know why I have to decide between A and B. I don´t believe life needs to be a competition anymore - I think we are beyond that mentally.
You don´t have to look hard to find horrible humans - within countries people fight, within workplaces, schools, streets, houses and families: people spend a lot of time fighting with themselves.
If anything, my travels in Asia informs my view of humanity: we´re all the same family; the same people who share the same home.(less)
James Hartley I go outside, no matter what time the day or night, and walk up to groups of strangers and begin to chant, "come on everybody! Lets all have a sing…moreI go outside, no matter what time the day or night, and walk up to groups of strangers and begin to chant, "come on everybody! Let´s all have a sing song" and then, depending on my mood, I either force everyone to sing Yellow Submarine by The Beatles or Happy by Pharrell Williams - which is not easy, as I live in Spain and not everyone speaks English. Then, when everyone is singing along, I do a bit of parkour.

If, after that, I don´t feel invigorated and inspired, I consider retraining as a chef or lawyer - the type of jobs which people always need. The idea of becoming a lawyer, though, usually sobers me up to the fact that writer´s block is not such a serious thing, at least if it doesn´t go on for years, and I return to my desk and begin plodding along again, typing, reading, typing and reading.

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Yodamom Hi James. I hope we can chat about some books soon


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James Hartley Thanks Jason - like your reviews!

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Jason Thanks for the friend request, nice Gnome joke. :)


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