James Hewison was born in Darwin, on the north coast of Australia. When he was two years old, he survived a deadly sting from a box jellyfish. It should have been frightening but instead, it ignited a fascination for danger and the different ways that people face it.
James spent his childhood swimming in crocodile inhabited waters, discovering extreme sports, and accumulating scars in other exciting activities. When he wasn’t on an adventure of his own, he loved reading and writing about people who were. He fell in love with fiction because the possibilities were limitless.
He was also interested in health and the power of knowledge so, for a while, he put aside fiction while he finished a degree in pharmacy and another in business. Then he forgot all about stories as he took on full-time work.
A few years on, James and his wife had two wonderful children. Soon, fiction made a reappearance as the children began to enjoy stories and none more so than the tales that James conjured out of his mind at bedtime. Every night he told them new stories, weaving in new excitement and quirky twists. The children went to sleep but, at the same time, James’s passion was waking up from its slumber.
When James’s daughter was eight years old, she asked him to write a story so she could have it anytime, not just at bedtime. So he sat down with an idea for a twist on the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. He thought five pages ought to be enough, but ideas wouldn’t stop popping into his head. The story he wrote became his first novel, Behind the Twisted Fence.
James renewed his passion for writing and continues to this day. He currently writes in Adelaide, South Australia and travels with his family at least annually to places far and wide.