James Phelan discovered a love of geo-political thrillers as a teenager. After high school he went on to study architecture, and then English literature, eventually graduating with a PhD in writing. It was during his masters degree and while working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book, and would lead to seeing his novels in print. James currently lives in Melbourne. He regularly talks at schools, libraries, and literary festivals in Australia and overseas.