Stuart Townsend was born in Norwich (UK). After four years at Cardiff University studying theology he moved to East Anglia to become a psychiatric nurse.
His first book, Asylum Bound, covers this period of change, from the dull gathering of biblical knowledge to the exciting and very odd people he met in the asylum of the late 1970s.
Following qualification Stuart specialised in elderly mental illness, working in Norfolk and Derbyshire, before going to New Zealand to set up community mental health teams. Switching to acute mental health, Stuart then worked as team leader in New Zealand and, on return to the UK, in Nottinghamshire. In 2002 Stuart moved into the private sector, managing care homes for people with dementia.
He retired from clinical nursing in 2008, after 30 years front-line work, to teach, train and write.
Stuart married Karen, a specialist psychiatric forensic nurse, in 1984 and they have three sons. His interests are bridge, history and rugby.
You can follow Stuart on Twitter (asylumboundbook) or through facebook (asylumboundthebook)or through the website www.asylumboundthebook.com
Stuart Townsend is a pen name.