Living in the peace and quiet of Southern Brittany, James Sillwood readily acknowledges that the surroundings at his cottage inspire an atmosphere conducive to writing. After an itinerant early life, James has now settled in France and divides his time between writing and music. As an accomplished musician he plays regularly as a soloist and with a Latin jazz group. And it is here at his secluded home in Brittany that the novels, Amatore's Restaurant and West Quarry Farm, have been completed. When taking a break from performing and writing, James takes a keen interest in Breton culture and local history. He enjoys trying out regional recipes, visiting local markets and exploring the surrounding countryside.