Senior Editor, UK

Consumed by wondrous tales of fantastical worlds since childhood, Gareth writes fiction inspired by mythology and legend. Whether found in ancient sagas or the modern superhero narrative, he considers the triadic theme of tragedy, regret and hope prevalent in these classic storytelling traditions to be his major influence.

He began writing to supplement an online fantasy role-playing game, though he asks that you don’t judge him! A change in style and focus pushed him towards literary fiction, though his influences tend to add a speculative element. One day, he hopes to gather all those early scribblings and errant Word documents and return to his first love, epic fantasy.

Living on the cusp of Lancashire and Merseyside with his wife, daughter and a misunderstood Rottweiler, he works on his first novel between school runs. A qualified orthoptist, he abandoned a career in healthcare to write full-time. He hopes to complete his current project, the literary tale of three very different men in a post-apocalyptic world, before the end of the year.

Though he appreciates good, clean writing in all its forms, his head is always turned by inventive plotting or sumptuous prose. Having studied English Language at college, he maintains a strong interest in the technical aspect of writing and enjoys an etymological dictionary almost as much as a good story. Almost.

The winner of the fifth Mash competition, Gareth joined the Mash jury for the seventh instalment of the contest. He was delighted to discover the philosophy of helping writers develop, and the sincere love of writing, is even more apparent behind the scenes. He is genuinely honoured to be involved.