Paul Youden began his career in journalism at the Kent Messenger and attended journalism college for four years. Once qualified, he became a senior journalist with the Kentish Express, rising to County News Editor. He then worked for BBC Radio (South East) and was headhunted by the Port of Dover, where he was in charge of press, PR and marketing. He remained there for twenty years, rising to Corporate Affairs Manager, but took early retirement in the 1990s to return to full-time writing, producing travel books on motoring and skiing, after which he set up his own travel website. With his wife's terminal illness, he had to give up many of his travels and cut back on his writing, but in 2014 attempted his first novel The Powder Man. He is currently working on the sequel.