James Leck - Author

James Leck

James Leck was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1973. At the time, his hobbies included eating, sleeping and pooping his pants. Since then, much has changed.

He has worked as a high school teacher in Canada, Japan and Kuwait, and has had the good fortune to travel extensively. Some of his favorite stories from his travels include the time he accidentally ordered an entire chicken (and only a chicken) for his dinner in Korea; the time all his clothes, backpack and towel were dragged out to sea by a rogue wave in Guam; and the time he accidentally paid $40 for a bottle of apple juice in Oman. His travels have taught him to expect the unexpected and to roll with the waves life sends you.

Three things influenced him to write the Jack Lime mysteries: Scooby-Doo, Inspector Jacques Clouseau and Sherlock Holmes. However, Jack is based on the hard-boiled detectives of the 1940s and '50s. James always loved those mysteries because the detectives didn't solve the crimes through brilliant deduction, but rather through sheer determination and grit.

His latest book, After Dark, is a small salute to the great horror stories and movies he read and watched growing up. Charlie Harker, the hero in After Dark, has a passion for sleeping in, napping and avoiding work at all costs, and James has to admit that these qualities might be based on his own quest for absolute laziness during his summer vacations growing up.

Currently, James lives in Dartmouth with his wife and two children. He still enjoys sleeping and eating but has moved beyond pooping his pants.

After Dark

2016 - 2016/2017 Children's Choice Book Award, Hackmatack, Long-listed
2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner

The Adventures of Jack Lime

2012 - Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2011 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2010 - Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth, Booklist, Winner

The Further Adventures of Jack Lime

2014 - Diamond Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - John Spray Mystery Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Short-listed
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner