Chris Lloyd wanted to be a writer ever since he can remember, but someone once told him that he had to wait until he was old enough. He’s not entirely sure when that’s supposed to happen. In the meantime, he studied Spanish and French and went to live in Catalonia for twenty or so years, falling in love with the people, the country, the language and Barcelona Football Club, probably in that order. There, he taught English before working in educational publishing, which was the perfect excuse to travel around Spain, exploring the country while giving talks and workshops. He’s also lived in the Basque Country and Madrid, as well as Grenoble in France, and has now settled in his native South Wales, within a shiver of the Brecon Beacons.
A writer and translator, he translates mainly academic and arts texts from Catalan and Spanish and has contributed pieces to anthologies of translated literature. His writing career began with travel books about various parts of Spain and France for Rough Guides before he finally plucked up the nerve to take on writing crime fiction. In 2010, he was awarded a Literature Wales bursary, which allowed him to spend time in Catalonia researching. He writes the Elisenda Domènech series, featuring an officer in the devolved Catalan police force in the beautiful city of Girona.