James frontman Tim Booth has added novelist to his resume after starting work on a "ghost love story".

The Laid singer, who has also found success as an actor and appeared in Batman Begins, admits that writing his first novel is the hardest thing he has ever done.

He tells Wenn, "It is taking up a lot of time. I'm going to a great writing class in L.A. It's kind of a ghost love story but it's pretty traumatic. It doesn't look like it's going to have a happy ending. It's gonna take me a few more years. I'm slogging my way through it. I'm 150 pages in so I'm not gonna give up now."

But Booth has had to set down his pen for the time being as he tours with James on the back of the group's 13th album La Petit Mort.

Speaking to Wenn before boarding a plane for shows in Italy and Peru, he says, "I can't write when I'm touring or travelling."