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ABOUT BEN GALLEY

Ben Galley is an award-winning fantasy author living in Victoria, Canada. Ben has been writing since he was shown a paper and pencil, and by his early teens he had written three books. He has been writing and self-publishing fantasy novels since 2010.

 

Ben's love of fantasy comes from a childhood spent devouring the works of authors such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. That, combined with an interest in mythology, spawned a passion for creative writing that occupied most of his pre and early teenage years. By age 13, he'd written three books about anthropomorphised monkeys, which shall go forever unpublished, but were a good foundation of practice.

 

After wanting to pursue a career in the RAF (and bailing out almost immediately after realising he was not cut out for military life), music distracted Ben until age 20, when he decided to turn back to that early dream of being a professional author, and being paid to make up stories. After 18 months of writing, working jobs in bars, restaurants and a pasty kiosk, he had a debut book - The Written - and was ready to publish. Choosing to self-publish from the moment he googled "publishing a book", Ben realised he could apply his knowledge of the music industry and being an independent artist into working as an independent author.

 

In 2010, The Written was published in paperback and shortly after in eBook. Almost 9 years on, and Ben has 9 fantasy novels to his name books, as well as a crowd-funded graphic novel. From the epic, nordic world of Emaneska, he moved onto western fantasy with The Scarlet Star Trilogy, and then a standalone novel about an immortal golem called The Heart of Stone. Ben's currently on the cusp of releasing a whole new series called The Chasing Graves Trilogy, set in an Egyptian-style world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich. Book one, Chasing Graves, is due for release December 7th.

Ben's proud to have received some critical acclaim for his writing, The Heart of Stone won Best Self-Published Novel in the 2017 Booknest Fantasy Awards. In 2016, weird western Bloodrush was the bloggers' favourite of Mark Lawrence's Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, and it also won the Library Journal's Indie eBook of the Year award for Fantasy.

 

When he isn't being a being an author or a mischief to the local populace, Ben is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on the subject of self-publishing. He's incredibly zealous about helping other authors and writers, and currently offers 1:1 sessions to indie authors at his site Shelf Help.

 

Aside from writing and lecturing, Ben dabbles in music, photography, gaming, cinophiling, and he apparently owns an acre of the moon. Originally from the UK, he has now emigrated to Victoria in British Columbia, where he's thoroughly loving life exploring the wilds,

 

Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter and YouTube @BenGalley, or on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor

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