Rupert Smith was born in Washington, DC in 1960 and grew up in Surrey. He moved to London in 1978 and has lived there ever since. After completing his PhD in 1986 he left the groves of academia and has been tossing around on the stormy waters of literature ever since. Rupert has written ten novels, including Man's World (Arcadia 2010) which was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize in 2010. He has also written a series of best selling erotic novels under the pseudonym James Lear, published by Cleis Press.
Rupert has written several TV tie-ins (including EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing, Cold Feet and the British Museum) and is the co- author, author or editor of various biographies (Jayne County, John S Barrington and others).
Rupert also works as a journalist, and has contributed to the Guardian, the Independent, The Times, Time Out, Radio Times and Gay Times. He produces events celebrating and exploring lesbian and gay history at the Southbank Centre, London, and elsewhere.
Rupert was named joint Writer of the Year, together with Stella Duffy, at the Stonewall Awards 2010.