27-year-old Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a former secondary school English teacher who grew up on a Hackney council estate. Now, he resides in Norwich while he completes a Creative and Critical Writing PhD at the University of East Anglia. Hickson-Lovence is also a poet, football referee and a keen marathon runner.

Read what he had to say about publishing his first novel here or find him on Twitter @AHicksonLovence