Andy Ritchie (who writes under his Sunday name of Andrew) lives a relatively unremarkable life with his long-suffering wife, Wendy, his two inordinately expensive-to-keep daughters, Kayleigh and Emily, and the ghost of their long-deceased three-legged cat, Burt.
They live in a well-appointed detached house on the outskirts of the occasionally exciting former cotton-mill town of Darwen in Lancashire, which remarkably was never actually mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Andy has just turned fifty but remains (in his own eyes at least) fairly 'hip' and 'cool' on the basis that he owns an iPod, can use Facebook, has completed Halo, and knows who George Ezra is.
In addition to becoming a published author, published poet and published photographer, he also has an ambition to experience a mid-life crisis before he is fifty-five, if only because most of his friends appear to have had one and he feels a little left out when they are being discussed at parties.
Andy's first books, (The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read, Parts 1-3), were published as e-books in 2013 and were positively received, with many reviewers likening his work to that of the late, great Douglas Adams. A subsequent book of short stories, entitled God, Aliens, Death & Teapots, was also published as an e-book and was spectacularly unsuccessful. Unperturbed, Andy has recently published his latest work, Red Plus Zone, both as an e-book and, excitingly, in paperback. It's a long way from his first foray into print, a very small article published in Trail Magazine about how he once climbed to the top of a mountain called Merrick.
As well as writing, Andy enjoys photography, films, hill-walking (he's climbed all 214 Lakeland Wainwrights) and reading. When he's not writing or climbing hills, Andy can be found leafing through the novels by some of his favourite authors, including Terry Pratchett and Ben Elton. He is currently working through the Gollancz SF Masterworks series.
Andy has never been accused of taking himself too seriously.