Patrick Tilley was born in Essex in 1928. After studying art at King's College, University of Durham, he came to London in 1955 and rapidly established himself as one of Britain's leading graphic designers. He began writing part-time in 1959, and in 1968 he gave up design altogether in favor of a new career as a film scriptwriter. He worked on several major British-based productions, as well as writing assignments in New York and Hollywood. Patrick Tilley is best known for his international bestselling futuristic epic, The Amtrak Wars. The film rights for the series have been optioned and are currently in development.