Chaz Brenchley was born in 1959 in Oxford.
In his early twenties, he wrote for a variety of teenage and women's magazines before writing his first novel, The Samaritan (1988). Since then he has written many more novels and a major fantasy series, The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades. This series comprises: Tower of the King's Daughter (1998); Feast of the King's Shadow (2000); and Hand of the King's Evil (2002).
His novels include Dead of Light (1995) and Shelter (1999) which have both been adapted for the screen, and shortlisted for British Fantasy Awards. He has also written three children's books: The Thunder Sings (1988), a novel; The Dragon in the Ice and other stories (1988), a collection of short stories; and The Fishing Stone (1988), a picture book.
Chaz Brenchley was crime writer in residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland from 1993-4 which resulted in a book of short stories, Blood Waters (1996) and was recently writer in residence at the University of Northumbria. He is a member of Murder Squad and of the Write Fantastic group of professional fantasy writers.
He is also the author of many short crime and horror stories which have been anthologised widely, and include 'Scouting for Boys' and 'The Day I Gave Up Smoking', both of which have been shortlisted for Crime Writers' Association Macallan Short Story Daggers.
In 2000, Chaz Brenchley won the Northern Writer of the Year Award. His latest books are Rotten Row (2011), House of Doors (2011) and Being Small (2014).