James Leck was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1973. At the time, his hobbies included eating, sleeping and pooping his pants. Since then, much has changed.
He has worked as a high school teacher in Canada, Japan and Kuwait, and has had the good fortune to travel extensively. Some of his favourite stories from his travels includes a time he accidentally ordered an entire chicken (and only a chicken) for his dinner in Korea, the time all his clothes, backpack, and towel were dragged out to sea by a rogue wave in Guam, and the time he accidentally paid $40 for a bottle of apple juice in Oman. His travels have taught him to expect the unexpected and to roll with the waves life sends you.
Three things influenced him to write the Jack Lime mysteries: Scooby Doo, Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Sherlock Holmes. However, Jack is based on the hard-boiled detectives of the 1940s and ‘50s. James always loved those mysteries because the detectives didn’t solve the crimes through brilliant deduction, but rather through sheer determination and grit.
His latest book, After Dark, is a small salute to the great horror stories and movies he read and watched growing up. After Dark’s hero, Charlie Harker, has a passion for sleeping in, napping, and avoiding work at all costs, and James has to admit that these qualities might be based on his own quest for absolute laziness during his summer vacations growing up.
Currently, James lives in Dartmouth with his wife and two children. He still enjoys sleeping and eating but has moved beyond pooping his pants.