Born in an Australian country town, Jay Caselberg spent some of his childhood overseas with his family before studying Biochemistry, Psychology, History, and Philosophy of Science at Australian universities. He worked in the information technology industry after university, transferring to London and working all over the world. In 1996, he started writing full time as James A. Hartley. In 1998, he rejoined the IT industry while continuing to write as Hartley and Jay Caselberg. In 2010, he was living and working in Germany.
'Jack Stein lives and works in the crowded, semi-organic city known as the Locality. He's hired by the Outreach Mining Company to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of its mining crews on an uncolonized planet. But his psychic dreams are full of strange mystical symbols and red herrings, making Jack wonder if Outreach truly wants the miners found. And the deeper he digs, the more people want to see him dead...'