Galley, Ben

 

Ben Galley is an award-winning novelist from the UK, currently living in Victoria, Canada. Driven by a deep passion for the fantasy genre and an entrepreneurial spirit, he has been writing from a young age, completing his first novel at 11 years old. After studying music at college, Ben dove into the world of self-publishing, and has been continually expanding his readership ever since.

 

His work – published since his first novel in 2010 – includes the four-book Emaneska Nordic fantasy series, which has sold over 70,000 copies, the Scarlet Star trilogy, mixing Western fantasy and alternate history, Heart of Stone, a military fantasy epic standalone novel about an immortal golem, and most recently the Chasing Graves fantasy trilogy, inspired by Egyptian mythology. Chasing Graves is a high-concept dark fantasy set in a world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich. The trilogy follows master thief Caltro Basalt as he is thrust unwillingly into this cutthroat world and fights to reclaim his freedom. Ben has also produced a graphic novel adaptation of his debut novel (The Written) and several short stories. His shorts can be found in the following anthologies: The Art of War, Lone Wolf, and Lost Lore.

 

He has also received critical accolades:

 

• Named The Weatherwax Report’s #1 Indie Fantasy Novel of 2018 (Chasing Graves)

• Winner of the Library Journal’s 2016 Fantasy Indie eBook of the Year (Bloodrush) – which was also the bloggers’ favourite of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off.

• Voted Best Self-Published Novel of 2017 in the BookNest Fantasy Awards (The Heart of

Stone)

 

Wishing to share his self-publishing expertise, Ben launched Shelf Help - a site that provides advice and consultations for aspiring writers – and since 2012 he’s proud to have helped hundreds of authors. As a self-publishing consultant, Ben has worked as a Guardian Masterclass tutor and has spoken at multiple events and institutions including Book Expo America, the London Book Fair, Warwick, Kingston and Southampton Universities, the London School of Economics, the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the Guildford Book Fair, and the Festival at Hampstead Theatre.

Supporting the fantasy community is also extremely important to Ben, and he has spoken at FantasyCon, BristolCon, and Nine Worlds.