Paul Kearney was born in Northern Ireland. He studied Old Norse, Middle English and Anglo Saxon at Oxford University, and subsequently lived for several years in both Denmark and the United States. His first novel was published at the age of 25 in 1992. He has been a professional writer ever since. At present he and his family live by the sea in County Down, in a croft with a boat by the door. Kings of Morning is the fifth book he has published with Solaris.