Paul Gaskill is a fantasy author from the UK. He was born in 1991 and was educated at John Port School in Derby, where he took a liking to Mathematics. Fast forward a number of years and Paul studied Mathematics at University and then became a Financial Adviser, still in Derby. Despite the career in numbers, Paul’s secret love was letters, and his novels were created during the evenings when everything finance during the daytime had been forgotten.
"Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Mathematician turned Author – I was never quite Albert Einstein, but I knew much more than the average person about numbers, equations and formulae. But if you’d asked me what a semi-colon was used for, I’d have shrugged at you. Now it seems to be the other way around.
"I had a fairly normal childhood. I loved football (I still do) and I used to be out until dusk or beyond kicking a bag of air around a field or on a street. If it wasn’t football, then it was usually another sport of some kind. Unless it was sneakily searching for golf balls on the local 9-hole golf course with friends and then selling the balls that we’d found back to the golfers who had lost them in the first place. Mischievous, but entrepreneurial, at a young age.
"I’ve been very lucky to grow up with loving parents who have helped me to become the person who I am. They’re both intelligent and driven, and it has laid the foundation for me to do what I enjoy doing, and that is to write.
"Without this beginning to sound like a CV, I am ambitious about, and inspired by, creative writing (and I can work well in a team as well as efficiently by myself). Fantasy appeals so much because it is about creating something that nobody has witnessed before. Worlds, lands, races, laws, politics, character personalities; everything is my own invention. In some ways it gives a sense of power, but also a sense of pride because I’ve built something that provides enjoyment to others."