The Whale Tattoo is Jon Ransom’s first novel. Winner of the National Centre for Writing 2019 Escalator mentoring scheme for early career fiction writers. Jon was the recipient of an Arts Council England TLC Free Reads Prize, and an excerpt of his writing was selected for the inaugural TLC Free Reads Anthology. In 2018 Jon was awarded an Arvon grant to attend the residential course Fiction: Work in Progress. His short stories have appeared in SAND Journal, Foglifter Press and Five:2:One, among others. Jon’s writings have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and 2019 Lambda Literary LGBTQ Anthology. Jon grew up in Norfolk and is currently at work on his second novel.