At the age of thirteen, Chris Russell formed pop/rock band The Lightyears with his best friends from school. Since then, The Lightyears have toured all over the world, trashing a grand total of zero hotel rooms and performing everywhere from Wembley Stadium (which Chris talks about rather a lot) to a cow shed in Belgium (which he talks about less - it was a booking error).
In 2013, after a three-month stint ghost-writing for a One Direction fan club, Chris developed an obsession with boy bands and came up with the idea for Songs About a Girl: a heart-thudding YA trilogy about first love, pop music and the power of teenage obsession. Chris has written a number of the songs that feature in the story, and if you’re not careful, he will threaten to play them to you.
Chris has a first class degree in English & Drama from Bristol University, and a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, which he isn’t afraid to use. He is currently busy writing the sequels to Songs About a Girl, gigging with The Lightyears and fanboying in the general direction of Harry Styles.
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