Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and educated at the universities of Wales and Leeds. He lectured in English Literature in further and higher education for many years, having studied for his doctorate on the work of Christopher Isherwood (university of Wales).
After leaving teaching, he worked as a writer in residence in a number of prisons. His non-fiction writing is largely in crime history and biography. His latest titles are The Count of Scotland Yard (Amberley), Murder in Mind (Scratching Shed) and The Girl who Lived on Air (Seren) Recently he has turned more to fiction, although he has always written short stories and has had over thirty stories in magazines and anthologies. Stephen also writes widely in journalism, with work in Times Literary Supplement, Country Life and Dalesman. His book, Rejected was serialised on the Fortnightly Review website.