ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Welsh Indie Author Russ Williams

RUSS WILLIAMS was raised in the predominantly Welsh-speaking town of Caernarfon in North Wales. As a child, he was a member of a Welsh national writing group called 'Sgwad Sgwennu', whose membership was chosen based on short stories submitted from primary schools all over Wales. He then studied in Cardiff, graduating from UWIC with a BA in Sociology & Popular Culture in 2010. 

After that he moved back up north, got a diploma in Freelance Journalism and became Press Officer for MYC Porthmadog Rowing, covering races in Wales and Ireland, with his coverage being printed in the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald. He then spent two years in Australia, at one point securing an internship with the Herald Sun, Australia's biggest-selling newspaper.

He now resides in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, where he continues to write whilst working as a Family Mediator for Llamau, helping to prevent youth homelessness in Wales. He is also a member of Roath Writers, a Cardiff-based writing group, through whom he published his first short story via the group's annual anthology in 2015. 

He has since become an indie author, publishing two books through Amazon in 2016, the inspiration for one of which came from material he wrote whilst on a Life and Travel Writing course at Ty Newydd, Literary Centre of Wales. He also has two active blogs- one which documents his life with an autistic brother and the other in which he travels to areas across Wales associated with Welsh folklore and urban myths (launched in 2020). He is now pursuing a traditional publishing contract and is currently searching for a literary agent.

In 2020, he began working with Welsh artist Danny Hanks, who will be providing illustrations for some of his future blog posts. His blog 'Brawd Autistico' is also endorsed by Helen Bucke Autism Specialist Services & Training, with Russ sometimes appearing as a guest speaker.

In 2021, he became an author member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.