R J Burgess was born in Crawley, West Sussex, perhaps the least interesting place in the whole of the UK. He also had the misfortune of growing up during that black hole of cultural history commonly referred to as the 80’s and he cites this combination of boredom and deep-rooted malaise with the world as the reason for his early love of writing stories. His passion for writing eventually led him to study creative and media writing at Middlesex University, where among other things he created and edited Metrophobia, an award-winning anthology of student fiction.
Despite doing very well in his studies, R J Burgess unfortunately never set out with any clear career goal in mind, a fact which led him to spending a whole year post-university jobbing around for minimum wage and generally feeling very miserable about himself. Over the last few years he has worked in restaurants, shops, at a school, a housing firm, a botanical garden, in the publishing industry, for a charity and one memorable summer spent stuffing letters for minimum wage for a pensions firm. He worked in the financial sector just in time to cause the credit crunch, then he worked in journalism just in time to meet his fiancée and fall in love. Now he is an English teacher and lives in Poland. Just because.
But through it all, he wrote and, to his surprise, has since discovered that this early switching of careers has actually had the unexpected benefit of making him something of a jack of all trades. A fact he is very quick to utilise in his writing.
An active, though somewhat estranged Christian, R J Burgess writes primarily science fiction and fantasy as a means of trying to understand his place in the wider universe and that of humanity as a whole. For him writing is a form of catharsis, an artistic discussion with the world at large in which he can explore and try to understand some of the darker aspects of the human nature while celebrating all that makes us great.
On this website, you will find updates of his latest projects and examples of unpublished writing, as well as compendiums of reviews, various rants and other miscellanea about the writing craft he feels like adding as the time comes. He believes in transparency at all stages of the writing process and is happy to show you the insides of his mind if for no other reason than because he’ll forget what’s in there otherwise.
Please make yourself welcome here and remember, if you ever need to question or comment on anything, he can be contacted at all times at this address. He (usually) checks this regularly.