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I wrote my first book when I was 18 and hope, eventually, to earn a living by making stuff up. When not writing, I'm watching horror. Or asleep.

Background Information

Most author biographies seem to be written about someone who’s dead. A nice, detailed obituary about how well the author’s done, particularly when considering just how humble and terrible their beginnings actually were. You know, terrible parents, evil pets, childhood spent reading books in secret while the sound of the local villagers burning the local library seeps through the smashed bedroom window...

Mine might read a little like this (you have to pretend I'm dead first):

David Gatward spent a considerable part of his life confusing not just himself, but those around him. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years wondering what it would be like to be any one of the following (in no particular order): actor; musician; carpenter; army officer; writer; helicopter pilot, and highwayman. He suffered the usual illnesses (measles, chicken pox, pizza-face acne) and saw his first ghost at sixteen. At eighteen he had his first book published. And saw his second ghost. At nineteen he went to college. Four years later, qualified to teach, he went in to publishing. Managing his career with all the skill of a blind sea captain in a hurricane, he ended up in the civil service and ran away as soon as redundancy was offered. Writing took over, thanks to a couple of ghost-writing contracts and, quite to his own surprise, a book deal or two. The rest, as they say, is history...
But I'm not dead. At least I don't think I am. Not yet anyway...


Influences include Tolkien, HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Gary Braunbeck and Boston Teran.  The book that motivated me to become a writer is Alan Garner's Weirdstone of Brisingamen.


Winner of the Leeds Children's Book Award for the 11-14 Category (2011)

Nominated for the Calderdale Book Award

Additional Information

Recent works include Booksurfers - an interactive ebook series for the 9-12 market in which a group of kids are kidnapped by an arch-criminal and forced to 'jump' into classic adventure stories to steal famous fictional artefacts and Teen horror series The Dead.

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The official Booksurfers website, including character profiles, buy links and reviews.

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