Author Profile: Aiden Riley

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Sat in a cafe, Author Aiden Riley, like many of us is people watching.  He loves cafes, starbucks especially, he loves the music they play and the atmosphere which helps him to relax and lets his mind wander.  One character in particular catches Aiden’s eye. The old man sat across from him on his own looks like a interesting character. Curious, Aiden begins building a past for him and at that moment Ray Ryan is born and the story follows.

Ray Ryan is a normal boy growing up in Nottingham, dreaming of becoming a writer, but one day his best friend makes some dangerous enemies and things begin to change. The road to happiness is a rough one, and it becomes even harder to traverse when the people you care about have lost their way. Tense and surprising,  Ray Ryan tells the story of the joys and tragedies that beset one young man as he finds himself hurled violently into adulthood: a tale of loss, love and looking ahead. Set in Nottingham, as well as giving a taster of what the city centre night life can be like, you might also recognise some of plots locations such as Fenton Road and the City Hospital along with a little guitar bar based near Clarendon College -a comfy place with live music where Aiden himself has been a few times and another of the places he goes to write.


Aiden Riley

Aiden, 26, was born and brought up in Nottingham and attended Heathfield Primary School before going on to Ellis Guilford and later Clarendon College.  He returned to college at the age of 20 to 22 to study English again, this time  a lot more seriously because he now truly felt that writing was his calling and studied and worked hard to make his writing more efficient.  What got him in to writing? From an early age when he began to read at school a young Aiden loved the fact he could paint a picture with words without drawing anything because he wasn’t, and claims still isn’t, the best artist.  ‘I was able to paint my own world without having difficulty in trying to draw the shapes that were in my head at the time, you can do what ever you want with it, there’s nobody telling you what to do, the only thing that matters is you and the thoughts you are processing and the characters that you have created’ after writing his first book at the age of just 11 he has been hooked ever since and self published  ‘Ray Ryan’ last year.

Aiden sites his own favourite authors as Gerald Seymour, Tom Cain and Lee Child but what does the future hold for this talented Nottingham author? Well Aiden is currently busy working on his next novel which is an action horror called, The Red set in England years after an epidemic hits the world and transforms the planet. He also has plans for more books, another to look out for will be Jamie Pearce, a gritty thriller

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