I'm No Fraidy Cat! is the first title in his CatKid series. "Kids and cats are actually a lot alike," says James. "They're both very curious and rarely lose confidence in themselves. Both can make me smile by doing the simplest things!"As far as influences are concerned, James draws from both musical and literature for inspiration. "I didn't read much growing up, but I listened to tons of music," states James.. "I was about 15 when I discovered Syd Barrett, the original singer for Pink Floyd. His lyrics were a strange stream-of-conscious fantasy. In a few words, he could create a whole new world. It was amazing. I think I wrote about fifty, three-page stories and poems around that time all trying to capture the feeling those lyrics brought to my mind." William S. Burroughs was a big literary influence. "He is the king. Literary Outlaw," James says. "He can suspend time. rewind it and play it back at a different speed. The first book of his I read, I understood nothing. I loved it. The more I read, the more I learned his language. I never knew words could do that before I read Burroughs."
Brian James lives in New York.