About the Author
Gareth Wood was born in Birmingham, July 1978. He was raised in South Birmingham and, barring spells in Wales and the Far East, he's lived there ever since. Gareth’s school days were banal, at best. He worked as a fishmonger and butcher whilst going through college. He attended university in Birmingham and Lampeter. Completing a degree in the only subject he was ever truly interested in; literature. Following university Gareth went over to Taipei with his partner, Claire, and tried his hand at teaching. Sadly, it didn’t work out. He and Claire now share their home with two angry terriers. Since arriving back in the UK he has bundled his way through a succession of varied and maddening jobs in order to pay the bills whilst trying to make something out of his writing. Gareth used to perform live a great deal; spoken word and stories, and several years ago, he formed a collective called The Blue City Project. "It was a way for a number of artists I knew, ranging from spoken word artists to jazz and hip-hop musicians to be able to perform together at good venues and promote the talent emerging from the city of Birmingham." He proudly says they had some good times, "but after the murder of that heckler…" Gareth has written a great many short stories some of which can be read in his fabulous collection Screaming Blue-City Murder. After a couple of failed attempts, completed his first full-length novel, The Malignant Man. He then began working on The Master's Marionettes which was published by KGHH Publishing. Gareth now feels far more comfortable with longer pieces of work and his latest novel Beasts of A Blue City show he has come a long way in a very short time. Gareth is also an accomplished poet and a collection of his poems was published again by KGHH Publishing under the title A Spaghetti Junction of The Mind. He writes all the while, and takes every possible opportunity. He can often be seen riding on late-night buses grumbling into torn notepads. Gareth writes as G.J. Wood and he is excited and terrified at the prospect of publication but hopes he can do justice to the faith KGHH Publishing have put in him.