Author of the Week: Patrick Ness

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

Patrick Ness is an American novelist and lecturer, perhaps most famous for his book ‘A Monster Calls’. During his career, Ness has won multiple awards and has gone on to write a number of successful novels.

During his childhood, Ness moved frequently through his childhood country of America. At the age of 6, he moved from Virginia to Hawaii, later moving for the next 10 years of his life to Washington state. From this point, Ness moved to Los Angeles, finally graduating from an English Literature course at the University of Southern California.

Patrick Ness’ first writing career was working for a television company, in the form of Business Communications; his first published non-fiction work, was featured in Genre magazine. By the time he moved to London in 1997, Ness’ had starting writing his first novel.

At the age of 45, Ness has published 9 novels, and also written for television programmes, such as Doctor Who.


There is a new creative writing competition on the theme of ‘The Future’.

The piece may follow any format, such as poetry or non-fiction, providing that it totals less than 2500 characters (not including the title or any footnotes).

All participants will have their work shared and blogs linked to, however the winner’s work will be featured and blog linked to for a fortnight.

To enter, please use the contact section, or email me at:


The deadline for the competition is the tenth of February…


Thank you for taking part!

The previous winner’s blog: