Taran Matharu OA (2004-2009) found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old.
In November 2013 at the age of twenty two and while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write the Summoner series. The early chapters of the first book, The Novice, were published on the storytelling platform Wattpad and went viral, reaching over three million reads in less than six months.
The Summoner series has now been published in 15 territories and is a New York Times Bestseller having sold over a million copies in the English language. The Contender series is his second epic trilogy, with the first in the series The Chosen, out now.
He talks in this interview with Trevor Llewelyn about being encouraged to write at school, particularly by his English teacher Ian Brinton before taking us on a journey through his professional writing career to date.