James R. Castle was born and raised in the Brunswick/Knoxville area of Frederick County, Maryland. Instead of television or radio, James entertained and educated himself by listening to the stories of his family members and of the elders of his community. Weekends would find James looking for arrow points along a river or digging for bottles from old abandoned dump sites.
James currently resides in Brunswick, MD with his wife, Monica. In his limited free time, James is pursuing a degree from the University of Maryland. He also metal detects, researches, writes and investigates the paranormal. Known as a source on Brunswick area history, James conducts much research on families and properties in the area. He assists the local government with historical research and often contributes to a local weekly newspaper, The Brunswick Citizen. His first book, History In Our Attics:Photos and Documents of Brunswick, Maryland Volume I, was published in October 2014. The second volume in the series was published in October of 2015. A Christmas Trip to Brunswick, a short historical fiction, is set to be released in October of 2016.