Sean Hancock was born in 1977 in Oxford, England. He lived in London and Kenya before his family settled in Devon where Sean spent his formative years. His mother is from Somalia, East Africa, and his father is English, and so he stood out growing up in a small country town where virtually everyone was white. Trick is inspired, in part, by that period of his life.After graduating with a degree in Ancient History from Cardiff University, he got a job as a Junior Researcher in television and went on to work as a Producer on shows such as Big Brother, Shipwrecked, All Star Family Fortunes and Take Me Out. He is currently an Executive Producer for the BBC in Entertainment Commissioning and lives in Clapham. Trick is Sean's first novel.