Justin Tuijl

I have been writing constantly since I first could. My first written word for some strange reason was ‘here’. I was very proud of this word and would secretly hide behind an arm chair and write ‘here’.

Little did I know life was about to deal me a troublesome blow: dyslexia.

The resulting years were tricky, but it never stopped me, I wanted words more than anything. I was rescued from problems reading by Captain W.E. Johns and his Biggles books. I needed to know what was inside so much that it made me learn to read. Of course W.E. Johns inspired me to write. I adore Geroge Orwell, Douglas Adams, Alistair MacLean.

Since then I wrote six novels (5 unpublished), short stories, articles, non-fiction, poems. Though I wrote six novels over time I feel that 1 to 5 were just practice, I never looked to publish. The first was started while still at school. Six is complete from the practice of the others (Burning Wolfhound). My poems are confessional and avant-garde.

I decided in 2014 that I was able to confront the spectre of learning again. It wasn’t easy, but there are more systems in place to help someone with dyslexia and dyspraxia than there were in my school days. I did a Creative and Professional writing degree at the University of East London. Here I met my wife TyLean. My core value is to continue to spread the word of conservation or ‘saving the planet’

I have three more novels in progress. One is the sequel to Burning Wolfhound – Codename: Wolfhound.

I was born in Nottingham, UK, but left before I was one. Since then I have lived in Ecuador, Indonesia, India, and Thetford. I now live in an old falling down church in the Highlands of Scotland with my actress, musician and artist wife TyLean. We are hoping to turn the church into a venue for arts, film and language. I am also a webdesigner. We have a goofy ragdoll cat called Mr Floof.

I also do webdesign.