Ryan Frawley was born in Coventry in the UK. At the age of twenty, he moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, motivated almost entirely by a desire to be somewhere completely new and by the city's incredible natural beauty. Since then, he has lived in Alberta, France, and Italy.
After publishing short stories in various Canadian literary magazines, Ryan published his debut novel, Scar, in 2011. Since then, he has branched out into non-fiction for Thought Catalog, as well as continuing to publish short stories. In 2019, he published Towers Temples Palaces: Essays from Europe, a collection of essays written during his time on the continent.