Dr James Phelan is the award-winning author of 30 books, including thrillers, young adult, and middle grade fiction. As a teenager James discovered a love of thrilling stories, of being entertained and informed along the way. He has been a full-time novelist since the age of 26, and has sold over five million of copies of his books around the world.
James has a passion for promoting literacy. After studying architecture, he turned to literature, obtaining an MA and then a PhD in Literature. He spent two years as an architect on the Federation Square design team, and five years on staff at The Age newspaper.
While still in high school, James developed the idea that would become his first published novel, Fox Hunt (Hachette). He has since published four series of novels, ranging from primary school aged readers with The Last Thirteen (Scholastic), The Alone Trilogy (Hachette) for teens, and fast paced thrillers such as The Spy and The Agency (Hachette). He wrote a non-fiction book of author interviews, Literati: Australian Contemporary Literary Figures Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame (Wiley).
In 2019 he co-write a novel with his friend James Frey, and in 2020 he is writing his first stand-alone thriller, a heist story drawing on his experience as an architect.
James features in the WAM schools program.