Stuart Townsend is a pen name. Stuart read Theology at Cardiff University before embarking on a career in Psychiatric Nursing. From 1981, as a qualified nurse, he worked in all areas of psychiatry, before specializing in elderly psychiatry and then community psychiatry, both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. During his entire career he worked as a clinical nurse, having professional contact with people in distress and mental anguish in the front line of psychiatric nursing. He retired from clinical work in 2010, to concentrate on writing and training. Stuart is married to a psychiatric nurse specializing in forensic psychiatry. They have three sons. His interests include history, golf and bridge. He lives in Nottinghamshire U.K.