Craig Sterling is the pseudonym for James W Wood. James was born in Scotland and educated at schools in Canada and the UK before studying English at Cambridge University, where his first book of poetry, Swingtime, was published with financial support from the university.

After leaving Cambridge, James was awarded a scholarship to work at his writing with 1992 Nobel prize winner in literature, Derek Walcott, in the United States. Since then, James has worked as a copywriter and media executive on four continents. He has also reviewed for The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, The London Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and many others, and his poems have appeared in the above journals and further anthologies, including Faber and Faber’s First Pressings (1998). James is the author of two other previous books of poetry, The Theory of Everything(HappenStance, 2006), and Inextinguishable (Knucker Press, 2008).

Writing as Craig Sterling, James is the author of the action thriller Stealing Fire (Leamington Books, 2011) which was shortlisted for the book to film category at the 2011 Rome Film Festival and received warm reviews.