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Dan is an author of nonsense, mostly. Some like it though, which is good enough for him. Yarns include Here Lies Love,  The Black Petal, as well as short stories Hatred. Hidden. and Ana’s Trial.

Dan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his two pesky chinchillas. Gainsborough is a small town, not too big, and not too small, which is exactly how he likes it. Plus, Lincoln isn’t too far away – a city worth visiting for the cathedral alone.

Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. Northern Lights is his favourite book and rereads it every year for inspiration.

Deborah Harkness, Danielle Trussoni, Hannah Kent, Matthew Reilly, and Raymond Khoury are some of his favourite authors who write for adults.

Sharon Sant, Romina Russell, and Jack Croxall are some of his favourite authors who write for teenagers. Young adult books never go out of fashion and are often shunned by some readers. The YA genre is a particular favourite for Dan. Escapism and pure enjoyment is something the YA market captures in its purest form.

He tweets on twitter under @dan_pentagram – you can also follow him on his Author Facebook page facebook.com/theblackpetal