Ben Galley is a British author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of epic and dark fantasy novels, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Chasing Graves Trilogy.
Ben’s love of fantasy and tall tales comes from a childhood spent devouring the works of greats such as JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and the Brothers Grimm. Combined with a keen interest in mythology, a passion for creative writing was spawned that occupied most of Ben’s early life and teenage years. By age 13, he’d written three books about anthropomorphised monkeys. They shall go forever unpublished due to reasons of hideous spelling and grammar, but were a good foundation of practice.
After briefly pursuing a career in the Royal Air Force (and bailing out almost immediately after realising he was not cut out for military life), music distracted Ben until age 20, when he decided to turn back to that early dream of being a professional author. The dream of being paid to make up stories. After 18 months of writing, all the while working jobs in bars, restaurants and a pasty kiosk, he had produced a debut book – The Written – and was ready to publish. After a truckload of research, Ben realised he could apply his knowledge of the music industry and being an independent artist to working as an independent author.
In 2010, The Written was published in paperback and shortly after in ebook. Throughout its life, The Written has been an Amazon bestseller twice in the Nordic Myth & Legend categories. 10 years on, and Ben has 11 fantasy novels to his name, as well as a crowd-funded graphic novel. From the epic, Nordic world of Emaneska, he moved onto western fantasy with the Scarlet Star Trilogy, and then wrote a standalone novel about the emotional journey of an immortal golem – The Heart of Stone. In a rapid release over 98 days between December 2018 and March 2019, Ben launched the Chasing Graves Trilogy, a dark fantasy epic set in an Egyptian-style world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich.
Ben’s immensely proud to have received some critical acclaim for his writing, The Heart of Stone won Best Self-Published Novel in the 2017 Booknest Fantasy Awards. In 2016, weird western Bloodrush was the bloggers’ favourite of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO), and it also won the Library Journal’s Indie eBook of the Year award for Fantasy. In 2019, he achieved a life goal of writing for the brilliant Black Library, and creating a story in the world of the Age of Sigmar.
When he isn’t conjuring up strange new stories or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors from around the world to publish their books. Ben is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on the subject of self-publishing, and has spoken at Book Expo America, the London Book Fair and a number of fantasy and publishing conventions. He’s incredibly zealous about helping his fellow authors and writers, and offers 1:1 consultation sessions to via his site Shelf Help.
Aside from writing and lecturing, Ben still dabbles in music, and has picked up a love for photography, gaming, cinophiling, flying drones, and travelling along the way. Ben also apparently owns an acre of the moon. Originally from the south of the UK, he has now emigrated to Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, where he’s thoroughly loving life exploring the wilds.
Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter and YouTube @BenGalley, or on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. You can also get involved with Ben’s journey as an author by signing up to The Guild, his monthly newsletter or by joining The Inner Circle, Ben’s Patreon.