On July 20, 1984, Alex Willmott was born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, a middle child of three boys. From an early age, Alex captured the imagination of his peers and teachers with his bizarre ramblings about a fantasy world that often took his attention away from his schoolwork.
At 15-years-old, Alex co-wrote a fantasy play, which was later produced by a large Welsh theatre company in Brecon. That same year Alex became one of the youngest finalists in the international poetry competition: The John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry.
At 18-years-old, Alex left South Wales to study contemporary performance in the North of England, where he began to work on his visually-driven approach to creative writing. Turning down a position at a Manchester theatre company, Alex decided to sharpen his writing skills and was offered a scholarship to train as a newspaper reporter. It was during a news placement in York that Alex began penning the Selah trilogy.
Selah: A Rebellious Hope gained national recognition from esteemed journalists and continues to receive glowing reviews from critics and punters alike. New York Times Best Selling Author G.P Taylor wrote the foreword of Selah after being moved by the novel. Alex later sold the rights of the first Selah book to two London film producers.
The second book in the trilogy, Those who Arrive in Darkness, gained further national praise. Reviewers gave the book the highest endorsements and tipped Alex for continued success in the fantasy genre.
Alex is launching a series of short stories called ‘Boxman’ in December 2016 which has received national praise likening the author to Stephen King.
When Alex isn’t writing, he enjoys Welsh rugby, Blackburn Rovers and Guinness.
Contact Alex: @alexinboxes