Born into a working-class family with a father who proudly boasted that he had never read a book, Tony Bayliss grew up in the 1950's/60's in Wantage and, after three years in a secondary modern school, was sent to a small boys' boarding school near Newbury. He excelled at sport, and won prizes for singing and academic achievement, then went on to train as a teacher at Loughborough, entering what his father dismissed as a ‘tin-pot’ profession.
He taught in various parts of England, ran a teachers' centre in central London, and ended up as a school inspector in the Midlands. He then had a career change, leaving education, and developed a property business, which he sold ten years later so that he could concentrate on his life-long dream, to be a writer.
He edited a number of different magazines while at university and in his various education jobs, and founded singing and operatic societies in the 1970's, which are still running. He also directed a festival of arts for seven years. He published poetry in his teens and early twenties, but his creative writing output dropped while bringing up his large family, and being busy with his full-time career. He published articles and books on education in the 1970's and 1980's, one of which resulted in him broadcasting on radio and television.
His first two full-length works of fiction were published in 2005, and a book on property followed in 2006. His novel Past Continuous (2010) was inspired by the suicide of his eldest son, who died, aged twenty-two, in 1994.
His latest novel, Future Perfect, is a love story set in a future dystopian society.