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Simon Townley has somehow scratched a living as a freelance writer for nearly twenty years.
He studied literature at the University of York in England and worked as a journalist on various newspapers and press agencies - and for a short while as a stringer in Bergen, Norway. One newspaper made him a crime reporter on the grounds that he always seemed to be drinking with a shifty crowd, and in the wrong kind of pubs.
He has also worked as a copywriter both as a freelance and - for his sins - within advertising agencies.
He has also run pubs, worked in construction, toiled in an Australian sheepskin tannery and sold drinks on a French beach. He now lives in Devon, England, with a woman, three cats and his beloved Airedale terriers.
When he isn't walking the dogs, he's usually throwing a ball around the garden or taking them to the field to chase rabbits (they're not allowed to catch them, though. No bunnies were harmed in the making of this bio).
He is the author of the acclaimed slipstream / speculative novels 'Lost In Thought' and 'Ball Machine', and has written a range of cross-genre novels for both adults and young adults, including prehistoric fiction series 'A Tribal Song - Tales of the Koriba'. The first novel in the series, 'The Dry Lands,' was published in 2012, with the second, 'Caves of the Seers,' scheduled for release in early 2014. His dystopian sci-fi thriller 'Outlivers,' again written for both adults and young adults alike, is to be released in Autumn of 2013. This will be followed by the post-global warming, high-seas adventure 'In The Wreckage.'
Extended samples of Simon's books (usually the first five chapters) are available on his website at simontownley.com.