Without having a clue what he was doing David Penny managed to land a book deal and agent at the tender age of 24. Four novels followed, and his short stories were published alongside those of John Brunner, Theodore Sturgeon and Michael G. Coney in America, and Michael Moorcock in the U.K. Then he stopped. He's still not sure why.
David enjoyed a dissipated and wasteful (but not wasted) youth, doing little other than writing, growing his hair (a pursuit sadly no longer available to him) and following an alternative lifestyle. Into such an idyllic existence real life rudely interrupted, and David spent the next 35+ years in a variety of jobs, eventually running his own software company.
After waiting far too long David returned to writing. The Thomas Berrington Historical Mysteries, The Red Hill and Breaker of Bones, are currently available. The third in the series, Sin Eater, arrives in May 2016. Both The Red Hill and Breaker of Bones have been awarded the IndieBrag medallion for work of a high standard, and The Red Hill was shortlisted for the 2015 M.M. Bennett award for Historical Fiction.
When he's not writing David walks Max the dog, travels, and continues to unsuccessfully learn how to play the guitar. He also helps organise the Indie Author Fringe online festival as part of the Alliance of Independent Authors.