Paul Coffey was born and raised in Nottingham, England, spending almost 20 years as a newspaper journalist before moving into media and communications for law enforcement agencies.
He published his debut novel Shadows of the Somme in early 2016. It was a headstone in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in northern France, belonging to a Captain E.S Harris, that proved the catalyst for a story that switches from today to the blood drenched killing fields of 1916. Paul is deeply passionate about using the power of story-telling to ensure those ordinary men engulfed by extraordinary times are never forgotten.
His second novel We Are Broken tells the story of disfigured war veterans Charlie Hobbs and Freddy Lucas, struggling to adapt to life after the conflict. Hobbs enlists the help of sculptor Francis Derwent Wood, who makes him a lifelike mask to hide his gruesome appearance.
The story was inspired by an online article about Derwent Wood and his 'tin nose shop.' Little, if any, testimony remains from the men who wore his masks.
Paul still lives in Nottingham and his love of writing and history is matched only for that of his wife and two daughters.
You can follow him at paul-coffey.com