About the Author

Thierry Bontoux


Nothing destined me for a literary career: I come from a family of engineers, mathematicians and medical doctors. I studied engineering at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris in the 90s, finishing with a PhD in laser optics from the University of Osaka in Japan.

It was a successful start in life: I traveled all over the world and discovered a lot of different cultures. Yet I always felt I was missing on something without being capable of knowing what it was.

History and languages have become a source of inspiration, very early in my life. I love history for what it tells about the everyday life of people; and I have a passion for languages and culture, that made me enjoy so much my work when I was travelling. It was by combining these two interests that I started writing.

It all started for me around 2008, when one day, bored, sat stiffly in front of my desk, I wrote my first novel. It was a story anticipating “The Lady of Albi”. I read it again recently, and I understood as to why I never wanted to publish it.

In 2009, I published “The Lady of Albi”, whilst setting my first business up.  There were several unsuccessful writing attempts after that, and it was only in 2016 that I published “The Riddle of a Murdered Slave”. This novel was for me the realization that all I wanted to do was to write.

Since then I never stopped. I published “Massilia” at the end of 2017 , and in early 2020 the two volumes of “The Devil’s Pit”. I only had one concern: I couldn’t write fast enough. There was a good reason for that;  I was a consultant. I spent my time traveling from one client and a country to another. I wrote when I had any spare time, causing it to take me about two years to write a book, which was not satisfactory.

Covid changed a lot of things. I realized that I was missing out on my life. I took the gamble and started doing what I made me happy. I ditched the stereotypes that had previously shaped career, and started as a writer. Since July 2020, I have dedicated myself to my passion.  I spend six to eight hours a day in front of my keyboard, hoping to do so, as long as my books sell.