Christina James is the pseudonym of a well-known former bookseller who is also a publisher and editor. She grew up in South Lincolnshire. She is the author of the DI Yates psychological crime series. Although the series progresses through time, each novel is standalone and does not need to be read within the context of the others. They are contemporary, but the Spalding James describes is the Spalding of her childhood, so the novels are set within their own definitive location.
James emphasises that her novels are not part of the “procedural crime” sub-genre, nor are they of the blood-and-guts variety. She tries to attract readers who are interested in the psychology of crime and who appreciate well-crafted writing. She works hard to maintain a high standard of writing in all her work.
All the novels are set in and around Spalding, in the Lincolnshire fens, though events sometimes take Yates himself much further afield, to other places in the UK and even to India. Yates was conceived as the opposite of the stereotypical crime fiction policeman – he is young, enthusiastic and happily married, not middle-aged, jaded and with a string of broken relationships behind him. As the series has progressed James’s fans have particularly come to like DS Juliet Armstrong, Yates’s intuitive bisexual sidekick, and Juliet’s role has increased accordingly.
Eight novels in the DI Yates have been published, beginning with In the Family in 2012. All were originally published by Salt; the rights have now been obtained by QuoScript, a new publishing company which specialises in crime and YA fiction. QuoScript has published seven of the novels – all except Almost Love, which James is currently rewriting. QuoScript will be the exclusive publisher of the ninth Yates novel, De Vries, which will appear in the spring of 2021. De Vries is the sequel to Sausage Hall, the third and currently most successful of the series.
Christina James is a frequent speaker at festivals and bookshop and library events, including virtual ones. She is happy to be asked to judge literary competitions, both in crime writing and other genres, and to provide author “surgeries” and seminars. She particularly enjoys helping young or new authors, especially if their writing is quirky or innovative. She is delighted to be invited to join radio or television literary chat programmes or write articles about writing for newspapers and magazines, including online-only publications. She maintains a writer’s blog – www.christinajamesblog.com – and has a large following on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as some supporters in more far-flung places. She is happy to write guest pieces for other bloggers and authors. Interest has been shown in serialising the Yates novels on TV.
Christina lives on the edge of the Pennines with her husband, a cat and several hives of bees. She is currently working simultaneously on the next Yates and a completely different kind of crime novel, set in the Far East.
List of Christina James publications
In the Family 9781838267254
Almost Love 9781838267216 (currently being rewritten – published autumn 2021)
e-book 978-1-8382930-1-7 ((currently being rewritten – published autumn 2021)
Sausage Hall 9781838267278
The Crossing 9781838267285
Rooted in Dishonour 9781838267261
Fair of Face 9781838267230
Gentleman Jack 9781838267247
Chasing Hares 9781838267223