James was born in Hollywood, California during the spring of 1965 but quickly found himself relocated to the East Coast. Over the first eighteen years of his life, home was in Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For many, this kind of movement could have spelled disaster, but James drew strength of personality while learning to reinvent himself with every change of location. Boldly trekking across the country after high school, James met up with his brother, John in Berkeley and eventually attended U.C. Berkeley.
Today James resides in Jerome, Arizona and if he looks carefully, he can see down into the Verde Valley, the homes of his mother, Linda Lee, his sister and her husband, Stacey and Mike, and his niece and nephew-in-law, Candice and Anthony, and their new one, Antoine.