I’m a prize-winning fiction author and have written extensively over my business career in customer service, people management, sales and marketing. I’ve authored numerous business e-books, as well as web content, brochures and a wide range of marketing materials.

I was an avid reader as a child, from Enid Blyton to Joel Chandler Harris. Then I discovered Stephen King (well, as soon as my mother finally allowed me to read Carrie). Not particularly studious, I found that English was the only subject I enjoyed, so I aced that and pursued it for Advanced Level. I aced that too, then took Communication Studies at university. My final dissertation piece was a Creative Fiction Writing project. My tutor, even then, said I would make it as an author.

I now run my own professional training consultancy, supporting individuals and teams to improve their communication skills. It’s a good life and enables me to have the time to write.

I am a member of Where Authors Begin (WAB), a global online writing community with nearly 30,000 members worldwide. I’ve supported several aspiring authors through constructive chapter critiques, helping them refine their work.

I am currently working on my first novel, a middle-grade real world fantasy, which I hope to see published in early 2019. In the meantime, I continue to submit short stories to international writing competitions. My very first submission – Time of Death – won the Oxfordshire Libraries 2017 Short Fiction prize. It triumphed for “quality of writing, the very strong sense of place, identifiable characterisation and the surprise ending”. Time of Death was published for digital download in March 2017 and is currently available via the library’s Overdrive archive.

I am now developing The First Chapter, a short, affordable creative fiction writing course for budding authors. The First Chapter will be launched in the autumn of 2017.

Jez Fernandez