About James Minter

James is a full-time fiction author, writing for the last six years. Prior he spent 35 years in the IT industry and wrote on a wide range of IT subjects including many hundreds of training manuals.

He turned his attention to fiction during the summer of 2009. Armed with an A4 pad and ballpoint pen he unleashed a stream of consciousness—some 40,000 words before he drew a breath. The writing experience with such unbridled passion was new to him: a far cry from technical authoring. The excitement of not knowing where it was going but having an evolving story with a host of characters spurred him on. The Hole Opportunity was the product of his imagination and the first in a series of titles to be completed. The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload followed a year later. This book, a spoof thriller, was written to raise awareness of a genetic medical condition Haemochromatosis and to raise funds for the Haemochromatosis Society. Book two of the Hole Trilogy—A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side, was released in December 2013

Completing the Billy Growing Up series of 8 books has occupied James for the last 3 years. The series deals with negative behaviours leading to positive outcomes. They aim to establish positive values in 7 to 9-year-old children through traditional storytelling.

Born 1952 in Oxfordshire, UK, James draws on his local knowledge to provide inspiration and settings for his characters, locations for his plots, and the mid-twentieth century for his historic anchors.

He is currently writing book three of the Hole Trilogy—Marmite Makes a Sandwich, Dynamite Makes a Hole, whilst continuing to raise funds/awareness for Haemochromatosis, as well as sharing his experiences of self-publishing and self-promotion with other indie authors.

James Minter’s Books

Billy Knows A Secret

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Keeping secrets safe can be a burden for a child. Children need to be able to confide in a responsible adult. Help your child understand the impact that keeping secrets can have on all those involved. Billy Field and Ant Turner are asked to keep a secret from… [Read More]

Billy Wants It All

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Children, usually driven by peer-pressure, want the latest toys, electronics and clothes, but have little understanding of the value of money or where it comes from. This is essential knowledge for later years. Billy wants a new skateboard and games controller but doesn’t understand why he can’t have… [Read More]

Billy Saves The Day

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. A lack of self-belief inhibits a child reaching their full potential. Help your child work towards becoming the best they can be. Billy Field is given an opportunity to act in the school play, but he tells himself he can’t do it. He convinces himself that he’ll never… [Read More]

Billy Helps Max

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Stealing or theft is taking something without permission or payment. Help your child realise stealing is not an acceptable thing to do. Max Turner, Ant Turner’s younger sister, decides she wants to be more like her older brother and do boy things. She starts by painting her pink… [Read More]

Billy And Ant Lie

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Lies are told for a number of reasons but most often to avoid getting into trouble. Help your child realise why telling the truth is always the better option in the long term. Billy Field and Ant Turner mess about on their way to school and stop to… [Read More]

Billy Is Nasty To Ant

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Jealousy only really hurts the person who feels it. Help your child to understand how this emotion stands in their way to feeling happy. Billy Field and Ant Turner are involved in a school production. Billy believes he deserves the most attention and the prize for being the… [Read More]

Billy And Ant Fall Out

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Arrogant pride makes a child feel so important that they would rather do something wrong than admit they have made a mistake. Could pride be playing a part in your child’s negative behaviour? Billy Field says something nasty to his best friend Ant Turner, and they row. Ant… [Read More]

Billy Has A Birthday

For 7 to 9-year-old boys and girls. Bullying is an issue in many children’s lives. This book will help to make your child bully-proof. Billy Field celebrates his tenth birthday with his school friends, but Eddy Jost is upset at not being invited to the party. When Billy receives a special present from his granddad… [Read More]

The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload

The Hole Opportunity

Colin and Izzy Griggs’ traditional farming way of life is under threat from red tape from Brussels and Whitehall. Taking inspiration from a doughnut, Colin sets up a “Hole Farming Business”. His first job is to supply 18 holes for the newly refurbished golf course. Colin’s ineptness leads to a number of incidents surrounding the… [Read More]

A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side

British humor at its best Book II of the Hole Trilogy This book follows in the tradition of great British classics, such as Fawlty Towers, Blott on the Landscape, and other brilliant examples of British eccentricities at their most ridiculous and enjoyable. The novel continues the ongoing animosity between Colin Griggs and Major Woods, who… [Read More]

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