James Nicol grew up on a rich diet of Ursula le Guin, Roald Dahl and fairy stories before pursuing a career in bookshops and libraries. It was while reading The Witches to school children that he resolved to write his own book.
James' The Apprentice Witch series is published by Chicken House in the UK, Scholastic Inc in the US, and in several other languages. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase and Waterstone’s Children’s Books Prize and is currently being developed into a Netflix TV series by Lime Pictures with James as consultant.
James lives in Yorkshire where he is working on a magical new series.
A Witch Come True, Chicken House, 2019; A Witch Alone, Chicken House, 2018; The Apprentice Witch, Chicken House, 2016.