James started writing comic scripts whilst at Aberdeen University and continued after graduation because nobody would give him a real job. His first attempt at crime fiction, NATURAL CAUSES, was short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2007. Its follow up, THE BOOK OF SOULS, was short-listed in 2008. When neither of them set the publishing world on fire he decided to go it alone and publish them as e-books. Combined downloads of the two titles topped 300,000 in their first six months. After signing with Juliet Mushens, his first three books were sold at auction to Penguin, and in 19 other countries around the world. He has now been a Sunday Times bestseller for 4 of his books. James was short-listed for the National Book Awards New Writer of the Year award in 2013. There are now six books in the series, the most recent of which, THE DAMAGE DONE, was published by Penguin in Spring 2016. James runs a 350 acre livestock farm in North-East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep.
J. D. Oswald is the pseudonym of bestselling crime writer James Oswald. Penguin acquired rights to his five-book fantasy series THE BALLAD OF SIR BENFRO, which starts with DREAMWALKER, which was published in August 2014. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted to extinction by men.