BioJG Alva never thought he would be an author.
Sketching and painting from an early age, James always envisaged a life ruled by pigment: portraits, commissions, advertising and the like.
Writing was only a hobby. Writing was fun. From a four hundred page novel about alien civilisations at the age of fourteen, to twenty five more years of writing without having a single piece or composition published, James almost gave up a thousand times.
During this period, he studied Art, earning a Fine Art Degree; at the same time he struggled through a succession of jobs in a bid to earn enough to live: a cleaner, a bartender at a golf course, a laster in a shoe factory, a warehouse assistant, a sales technician, a planning engineer.
JG Alva is the author of Tattoo, Drawing Blood, The Artisans and The Bristol Savages, and lives in Bristol. Visit the website www.jgalvacrimefiction.com for more information on his books, as well as drawings and trivia about locations found in the novels.
James also writes science fiction under the name James G. Alva.