James Carol

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James Carol

James Carol is the creator of Jefferson Winter, a former FBI profiler who travels the world hunting serial criminals. James was born in Scotland in 1969, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the 1980s and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse-riding instructor.

The Jefferson Winter series includes Broken Dolls, Watch Me, which was shortlisted for the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read, Prey, The Quiet Man, and the ebook novellas Presumed Guilty, Hush Little Baby and Open Your Eyes, set during Winter’s FBI days.

When he’s not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. James lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.


Interviewed 28 April 2017

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Fun, fascinating, challenging, creative, unique, unpredictable, unstable, chaotic, frustrating, amazing.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Children, laptop, CDs, stereo, dog, TV, guitar, music keyboard, cup of tea.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Beans on toast.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Stephen King, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, Paul McCartney, Barack Obama, Adele, Carole King.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family, music, books, friends, good food, hope.

Five favourite words ...

Micropachycephalosaurus, nincompoop, disingenuous, whizzpopper, onomatopoeia.

Four places you'd run away to ...

The Caribbean, The Highlands, Italy, Neverland

Three books you've bought recently ...

The last three I read were Defender (GX Todd), You (Caroline Kepnes) and Night School (Lee Child)

Two things that make you rant ...

Lateness. Hanging around waiting for something to happen.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

The worst rarely happens, and when it does it’s never as bad as you imagine.