About The Author James G. Tipton

Jun 13, 2022

James G. Tipton is the San Francisco Chronicle bestselling and award-winning author of Annette Vallon, A Novel of the French Revolution, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers Pick, about the poet William Wordsworth’s French lover, who was also a dynamic and courageous woman in the Resistance against the Reign of Terror (HarperCollins in 2008). He is also the author of a series of stories that feature Dr. Watson without Sherlock Holmes, as the doctor investigates mysteries on his own, without the help of his illustrious friend, that Watson himself made famous. The Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine has bought ten of these Dr. Watson adventures. Tipton has also published historical short fiction, which includes events from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, often through the perspective of ancestors. His book of poetry, Sacred Places, was praised by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder as “keen, lean, skillful poems.” He has a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. He teaches at College of Marin in the Bay Area and lives in Marin with his family. He also studied classical voice and sang professionally with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and before that in a rock band. When he’s not writing or teaching literature and creative writing, he likes to read historical fiction or good mysteries, look at old movies from the 30s or 40s or walk with his dog in the Open Space in Marin, among bay laurels, old oaks and redwoods, and often think up stories as they walk.