Lee was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, to a traditional working-class family. After leaving college at nineteen, he spent five years travelling, living and working in the Canary Islands, France and Scandinavia, before returning to the UK to pursue a career in hospitality. He began writing his first thriller in Oslo, Norway at the age of twenty-four.
After another short stint in the US and Edinburgh he returned to the East Midlands where he worked freelance as a copywriter while attaining various literary qualifications. Stepping out of Midnight, his third psychological thriller, followed soon after.
He continues to live and work in Nottinghamshire, England.