James Thomas

James Thomas James Thomas is an author and screenwriter based in the heart of London.  Across his career he has written several short films and feature length screenplays for several independent directors, producers and independent production companies, as well as working in Los Angeles as a script editor.

He has been writing professionally since he was a teenager, and has written film reviews for a number of newspapers, Internet magazines and for Sky Movies 24. James currently runs creative writing courses for teenagers in East London, and has recently completed his first novel My Name Isn’t Joe.

James’ debut novel, a subtle work of literary fiction, tells the story of a young man full of personal demons, self-deprecation and a wicked sense of humour. This story of hope, betrayal, grief and love is told through Joseph’s sharp wit and darkly sensitive insight, as he looks behind the masks people put on everyday, and questions why we choose to continue when so many of us ‘lead lives of silent desperation’.

James studied Writing & Directing for both Film and Theatre at City University, City & Islington College and Shoreditch College. He has completed several writing courses with Raindance and attended writing seminars run by William Goldman, Robert McKee and Aaron Sorkin.

A qualified trainer and public speaker, James has been interviewed by the BBC and Sky TV regarding his writing. His writing style and perspectives have been shaped by his travels and experiences – having extensively travelled across six continents (Antarctica still eluding him – or vice versa), his marriage and subsequent divorce, and his diverse secular roles with both national and international companies – varying from a corporate business manager to KFC cashier.

James’ love for film and books is only surpassed by his passion for writing, and his desire to learn and reach others through this art form.