Born in London in 1950, David Penny began writing at a tender age after moving to Mid Wales. Initially obsessed with all things science-fiction he read avidly and wrote even more. His first publications came at the age of seventeen in small fanzines. At the age of twenty-three a short story was accepted by Galaxy magazine – his first payment for writing. This was followed by appearances in the UK magazine Vertex. At the age of 24 his first novel, The Sunset People, was accepted for publication by Robert Hale and David was taken on by the Leslie Flood Literary Agency.
Three other science fiction novels followed: Starchant, Out of Time and Sunshine 43
David enjoyed a dissipated and wasteful (but not wasted) youth, doing little other than writing, growing his hair (a pursuit sadly no longer available to him) and following an alternative lifestyle. In his mid to late twenties real life intruded into this blissful state of affairs and in order not to starve he sought paid employment. After a number of jobs -including melting old lead type in a print works and storeman in a frozen food warehouse where he worked for eight hours a day in minus 10 degrees – David became a science laboratory technician at Welshpool High School. It was here he met his wife Megan.
Unfortunately, with real life and the need to study for an Open University degree (his initial academic studies having been hijacked by illicit substances and abject laziness) writing was placed aside. However, the urge to create fiction remained and later in life he has now started writing again.
David is now retired from his position as Managing Director of Pillar Software Ltd, which develops, markets and supplies timesheet systems for both the public and private sector. It was the kind of job that makes being an Accountant sound exciting.
David lives just outside the small village of Dymock, close to the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire border, and spends part of the year in a property in Spain to the east of Malaga in the beautiful Axarquia region of Spain, where he is able to conduct more on the ground research than is probably good for both him and his readers. He enjoys fly fishing, sailing and walking, as well as continuing to read over a wide and catholic range of both fiction and non-fiction. He is currently working on the Thomas Berrington series of historical mysteries set in Moorish Spain between 1482-92.