Bran Nicholls medYou’ve heard it before, but there’s no getting around the fact that Bran, like many of his generation, is a Star Wars fan. Yes, Han Solo is his favourite character. Yes, the Millennium Falcon is his favourite ship. And, yes, Empire is the best film, although Rogue One is a strong contender.

Those are Bran’s credentials for writing science fiction and space opera stories, credentials he shares with everyone of his generation. What sets Bran a little apart from the rest is his Master of Arts in Professional Writing and his “back against the wall” approach to projects.

Bran’s science fiction authors of choice – the books he reads – include Peter F. Hamilton, Neal Asher, Dan Simmons, with a particular fondness for the late Ian M. Banks’ Feersum Endjinn – read it, you’ll love it!

Extra info, well, Bran is Welsh for raven, and Nicholls is Bran’s mother’s maiden name. The name conjures up images of his pipe-smoking gardening grandfather – an aircraft mechanic stationed in the desert during the Second World War – and Bran’s grandmother, and her recipe for Welsh cakes in particular.

Bran lives in a small forest in southern Denmark. There’s a raven wing tucked in the garden gatepost, and a rusty old spacefighter mothballed in the garage.

As you can see – there’s nothing wrong with his imagination.

Bran is currently working on series one of The Shroud Discord.