Paul Tomlinson writes genre fiction and books about how to write genre fiction. The heroes of his stories tend to be thieves or unconventional detectives.
He is a qualified librarian and before becoming a freelance writer he worked in academic libraries and the book trade. For many years he sat in an office figuring out how software worked so he could write manuals and deliver in-house training. This wasn’t as interesting as it sounds. He now dabbles with 3D software to create images based on his stories.
As well as books, he has written a number of screenplays — none of which have been produced. He is said to be quite bitter about this.