James (Jim) Morley spent forty years working in agriculture and forestry. During that time he wrote continually for pleasure.
In 1996 Jim retired to start a career as a writer and journalist. He has contributed to the sailing press and he has written village profiles and interview features for the Herald Group newspapers in Hampshire, as well as sports reports.
Jim has had five short stories read on Hampshire’s Delta Radio including, “Soldier”, on Remembrance Day 1999. In 2003 he was co-writer of the Bordon Murder Mystery community project. In 2005 he won an Ottakar prize for his short story – “The Decision Wasn’t Easy”. His ten novels were published between 2005-15. He has sold rising two thousand copies worldwide in his niche market.
He has always loved sailing the sport that became a thread in his first two and fourth novels. As a young man he raced small boats at international level, winning the very occasional race. Following an accident in the 1970s he decided that, “those who can do, those who can’t write about it.” Jim has contributed to sailing and yachting magazines. He acts as publicity officer for Frensham Sailing Club in Surrey where he was a founder member. It is on this water that he is heavily involved with RYA Sailability; teaching sailing to the disabled. For some years he sailed a small cruising boat on Chichester harbour He is a member of the UK Society of Authors, Vice Chairman of Petersfield Writer’s Circle and an active member of his local book club. Jim lives near Liss in Hampshire, a widower, in an untidy house filled with books and computers.
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