Patrick Ness
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Patrick Ness

As a child
I was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. My father was a drill sergeant in the US Army, but much nicer than that makes him seem. I only stayed at Fort Belvoir for the first four months of my life and have never even been back to the East Coast of America. We moved to Hawaii, where I lived until I was almost six. I went to kindergarten there, and we used to have field trips down to Waikiki Beach. I once picked up a living sea urchin and got about a hundred needle pricks in the palm of my hand. I made up stories all the time as a kid, though I was usually too embarrassed to show them to anybody.

As an adult
I've only ever really wanted to be a writer. I studied English Literature at the University of Southern California, and when I graduated, I got a job as a corporate writer at a cable company in Los Angeles, writing manuals and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival. I got my first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on my first novel, The Crash of Hennington, when I moved to London in 1999. I've lived here ever since. I taught Creative Writing at Oxford University for three years, usually to students older than I was.

As an artist
So far, I've published two books for adults, a novel called The Crash of Hennington and a short story collection called Topics About Which I Know Nothing, a title which seemed funny at the time but less so 10,000 mentions later... Here's a helpful hint if you want to be a writer: When I'm working on a first draft, all I write is 1000 words a day, which isn't that much (I started out with 300, then moved up to 500, now I can do 1000 easy). And if I write my 1000 words, I'm done for the day, even if it only took an hour (it usually takes more, of course, but not always). Novels are anywhere from 60,000 words on up, so it's possible that just sixty days later you might have a whole first draft. The Knife of Never Letting Go is 112,900 words and took about seven months to get a good first draft. Lots of rewrites followed. That's the fun part, where the book really starts to come together just exactly how you see it, the part where you feel like a real writer.

Things you didn't know about Patrick Ness
1. I have a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. I have run two marathons.
3. I am a certified scuba diver.
4. I wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. I have never been to New York City but...
6. I have been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. I was accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. I was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. I am no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will I eat onions.

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Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Book One of the trilogy, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. The Ask and The Answer, the second book in the trilogy won the Costa Children's Book Award 2009. The third book, Monsters of Men, is released in September 2010.

He has also written a novel (The Crash of Hennington) and a short story collection (Topics About Which I Know Nothing) for adults, has taught Creative Writing at Oxford University, and is a literary critic for the Guardian. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

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    • A Monster Calls

    • Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

    As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good "one-timer" for all ages

    • By TVNerd95 on 09-10-16

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    • Chaos Walking, Book 1
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 999
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,008

    Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting world but seriously messed up

    • By Howard on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Ask and the Answer

    • Chaos Walking, Book 2
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 548

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • “We are the choices we make.”

    • By Cristy G on 01-22-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 654
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 577

    The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting ... contemplative ...

    • By Carrie Fletcher on 09-02-12

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Monsters of Men

    • Chaos Walking, Book 3
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 499
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 498

    As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Power of great writing, and great performances

    • By Eileen on 03-28-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • More Than This

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 188

    From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What is reality?

    • By Ryan on 12-24-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Rest of Us Just Live Here

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 239

    What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies or the soul-eating ghosts or whatever the heck this new thing is....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My teenage son told me I had to read this book. I'm so glad I listened.

    • By Kristin M. Slonski on 12-14-15

    Regular price: $22.81

    • Release

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    The bindings of Adam's world are coming untied one by one; yet, in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I mean, Michael Crouch is everything!

    • By ZippyBippy on 03-10-18

    Regular price: $21.67

    • And the Ocean Was Our Sky

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others.

    Regular price: $18.24

    • Un monstruo viene a verme [A Monster Calls]

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Carlos Manuel Vesga
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Un monstruo viene a verme una historia emocionante y extraordinaria sobre un niño, su madre enferma y el monstruo que viene a visitarle....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fantástico

    • By Anonymous User on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $10.39

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