Ben Follows is a Canadian writer from Oakville, Ontario. He attended McGill University in Montreal and played for the Varsity lacrosse team for one year, winning a Canadian national championship. He received a degree in history and economics. He started writing seriously during university after reading "On Writing" by Stephen King and deciding to attempt pursuing writing as a career.
Over the following years, he wrote eleven novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy, and crime, the genre he eventually decided to focus on. Drawing inspiration from writers like Dennis Lehane, Jo Nesbo, and Tana French, he wrote crime novels until he finally felt like it was worth publishing. That novel was Blind River.
After he had completed another novel, The Absence of Screams, and had accumulated over 70 rejection letters from agents, he decided to self-publish his novels, partially inspired to do so by "The Four-Hour work week" by Tim Ferris.
Due to the success of the books, Follows was able to write full-time and focus on future novels. He currently has four novels out, and hopes to release three more books in the remainder of 2018 and early 2019.
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