Ross Hughes was born in Northampton, England, in March 1991.
It was while he was at primary school that he began reading books about pirates sailing the seven seas. From there, he was hooked. His reading evolved from there into more fantastical yarns. His childhood fare consisted of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, David Gemmell's entire works, Trudi Canavan's Black Magician series and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends. Afterwards, he fell in love with Pug and Midkemia when he read every book he could get his hands on that Raymond E. Feist had written.
He found a love for history in historical fiction as he got older, branching out to read authors such as Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden and Valerio Massimo Manfredi. His affection for such stories would doubtless influence his choices in later life when he opted to study ancient history at the University of Birmingham. There, he did his dissertation on the First Crusade; the idea was first put in his head upon reading Robyn Young's Brethren trilogy.
Realising that his life's story was a story of a life of reading stories, he embarked upon writing one of his own in his last year at university. He had made the attempt before when he was 16 and had tried to get published, but had been rejected - probably rightly so, since his writing was childish, unskilled and atrocious.
Still, he was undeterred. So, like a masochistic madman, he cut himself off from the world and tried again.
In his last year of University, when he was 21, he wrote the prologue to what would become the first book in the Convent series, A Dead Wizard's Dream. Now, seven years later, at the age of 28, he is finally ready to publish it for all you fine folk. About time!
His favourite authors are David Gemmell, Raymond Feist, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Conn Iggulden, Barry Hughart, Joe Abercrombie, Celia Friedman, Lev Grossman and Robyn Young. He loves watching the Game of Thrones TV show, but has yet to read the books. They are high on his long to-read list.
On a weekday, Ross can be found at work at his family-run plant nursery in Northampton, England.
At the weekend, he can be found at home with his chow-chow, practising martial arts, reading or writing, or watching old kung fu films.
One of his favourite quotes of all time is from George R.R. Martin, who said, 'The reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who doesn't read lives only one.'