About Ross

Learn more about what makes Ross tick…if you really want to.

I get a bit embarrassed writing personal stuff.  It’s why I don’t do very much on Facebook and so on.  I mean – who cares?

But, I guess you do, at least a bit, which is why you’re here.  So here goes (blush, deep breath…)

I was born and grew up in Cullercoats, a small seaside town on the northeast coast of England, sandwiched between the very-slightly-posh Tynemouth and the rather less posh Whitley Bay.

I left home at 18 to study English at Leeds University. I graduated three years later and vowed never to read a book really fast again.  It spoils the fun.

My first proper job was as Assistant Editor on a London-based magazine called TV World, a business publication aimed at the then-emerging (and now-massive) industry of international television programme sales and production.

I had risen the dizzy heights of editor when TV World was bought by a large corporation. I was offered a transfer to one of two titles: Solid Fuel Gazette or Radiation, Refrigeration and Heat Extraction Monthly. (Honestly!)  For some reason neither title appealed, and I decided to try my luck in the field of television production.

I worked on many well-known, and more best-forgotten shows, including ITV’s The Time…The Place,  and This Morning  with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan; Channel 4’s Big Breakfast and the long-running Pet Rescue.  Among many others, I also did a magic series for Sky, a three-part documentary in Spain for Channel 4, a celebrity chat show with Jimmy Tarbuck, a comedy clip-show, an anarchic late-night discussion programme, Bridezillas and a teenage reality show called Cruel Summer.

I know: specialisation was not really my thing.

Following a family move to Sweden in 2011, I began writing Time Travelling With A Hamster. To my delight and shock it was published to popular and critical acclaim in December, 2015.  My second novel for children, What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible followed a year later.

The 1,000 Year Old Boy will be published in January 2018.

I live in London.

Ross Welford author

 

THINGS I LIKE

  • Hot curries
  • Hot summer days
  • Cold winter days
  • Beach bars
  • George Formby songs
  • Timothy Taylor’s Landlord (a beer)
  • Spain
  • Beaches
  • Raucous dinners with friends
  • New York
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue
  • Swedish saunas
  • Mangos
  • My family
  • Magic tricks
  • Playing the piano
  • Skiing
  • Parcels from Amazon
  • Newcastle United winning
  • A proper cup of tea
  • Swan Lake
  • Laurel & Hardy
  • California
  • Dolphins
  • Game Of Thrones

 

 

Contact Ross

 

 

Time Travelling With A Hamster

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine, and again four years later when he was twelve.

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What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

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The 1,000-year-old Boy

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is a story about someone who wants to stop.

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The Dog Who Saved The World

Coming soon

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