Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in the Black Country. She worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before becoming a secondary school teacher. She wrote her first novel, The Black Country, (published by Salt publishing in 2015) whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. Her second novel, Gamble, published by Salt Publishing in 2018, was shortlisted for The Encore Award 2019. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies. She is currently a PhD student researching Psychogeography and Black Country Writing and is involved in research into memory. She is working on her third novel. She was recently appointed the first woman editor of The Blackcountryman magazine.