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Chris Wooding (1977–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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Born 1977, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. Education: Attended University of Sheffield. Hobbies and other interests: Watching movies, backpacking in foreign countries, touring with his band.

Addresses

Agent—Carolyn Whitaker, London Independent Books, 26 Chalcot Crescent, London NW1 8YD, England.

Career

Full-time writer.

Honors Awards

Smarties Book Prize, 2001, Horn Book Notable Book designation, School Library Journal Best Books designation, and American Library Association Best Book For Teens designation, all 2004, all for The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award, and Dracula Society Children of the Night Award for best gothic novel, both 2004, and Children's Book Council Outstanding International Book Award, 2005, all for Poision.

Writings

YOUNG-ADULT NOVELS

Crashing, Scholastic (London, England), 1998, Scholastic/Push (New York, NY), 2003.

Catchman, Scholastic (London, England), 1998.

Kerosene, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Endgame, Scholastic (London, England), 2000.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, Scholastic (London, England), 2001, Orchard (New York, NY), 2004.

Poison, Scholastic (London, England), 2003, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 2005.

Storm Thief, Orchard (New York, NY), 2006.

"BROKEN SKY" SERIES; FANTASY; FOR CHILDREN

Broken Sky: Part One, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Broken Sky: Part Two, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Broken Sky: Part Three, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Broken Sky: Part Four, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Broken Sky: Part Five, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999, published as Defy It, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2000.

Broken Sky: Part Six, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 1999.

Broken Sky: Part Seven, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 2000.

Broken Sky: Part Eight, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 2000.

Broken Sky: Part Nine, illustrated by Steve Kyte, Scholastic (London, England), 2000.

"BRAIDED PATH" SERIES; FANTASY; FOR ADULTS

The Weavers of Saramyr, Gollancz (London, England), 2003.

The Skein of Lament, Gollancz (London, England), 2004.

The Ascendancy Veil, Gollancz (London, England), 2005.

OTHER

Halflight (adult fantasy novel), Gollancz (London, England), 2006.

Work in Progress

The screenplays Nursery, a horror film, for director Michael Radford, and Fusion, a cartoon series for Canada's Nelvana television; Pandemonium, a graphic novel, for Scholastic's Grafix imprint, due 2008.

Sidelights

Chris Wooding achieved success as an author at a very young age. His first novel, Crashing, was written and accepted for publication while he was still a teenager, and by the time he graduated from college at age twenty-one he was making a living as a full-time writer. Being published so young "was brilliant, obviously," Wooding told a Push online interviewer, "but more because I had finally achieved what I'd been trying for all my life up till then. I had a frighteningly sharp focus on what I wanted to do and be ever since I can remember."

Wooding's first few books, including Crashing and Kerosene, are realistic novels about teenagers struggling with love and bullies. In Crashing, protagonist Jay is a teenager at the end of his last year of high school. His parents have gone out of town, giving him the chance to throw a party for his friends to celebrate the end of exams and have one last get-together before they all head off into adulthood. He also hopes that the party will give him a chance to get closer to Jo, a girl on whom he has long had his eye. However, things do not go as planned, and Jay and his friends soon find the party devolving into a clash with a drunken lout named Stew and Stew's gang of buddies. The book "captures Feeling like a misfit in high school, sixteen-year-old Cal compensates by starting fires, but as the social pressures mount, no fire seems big enough in Wooding's 1999 debut novel. (Cover design by Steve Scott.)A seventeen-year-old witch hunter and his mentor discover a beautiful but possessed woman wandering the streets of a Victorian London where demons are as common as rats in Wooding's 2001 page-turner. (Cover design by Steve Scott.)the essence of being a high school boy, yearning for first love, and wanting to impress your friends," Sarah Applegate wrote in Kliatt, while a Publishers Weekly contributor concluded that "the character study of friends on the verge of adulthood has a pleasing, cinematic energy."

Kerosene is the story of Cal, an almost pathologically shy sixteen-year-old boy. Two of the popular girls at his school, Emma and Abby, team up to torture Cal just for fun, and to cope with his frustration he begins setting fires—first small ones, then larger and larger blazes. Although some reviewers were unhappy with the book's resolution, School Library Journal contributor Sharon Rawlins noted that Cal's "feelings of alienation and inadequacy are believably portrayed." "Although Cal himself realistically suffers from being overwrought, the story is not, but rather is a gripping and insightful psychological adventure," Francisca Goldsmith noted in Kliatt.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray differs from Wooding's earlier works. This supernatural novel, which won the prestigious British Smarties Book Prize, is set in an alternate London full of magic and strange monsters. Most people in this city fear that if they go out at night they will be in danger from the wyches, but some, including seventeen-year-old Thaniel Fox, bravely set out to hunt the creatures instead. While out hunting one night, Thaniel finds Alaizabel Cray, a half-mad, seemingly possessed young woman whom the wyches find strangely attractive. "This is dark fare, often graphically violent," Jennifer Mattson noted in Booklist, adding that "Wooding delivers characters to care about." Reviewers praised many aspects of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray. A Kirkus Reviews contributor commented on the "complex plotting and structure[, which] combine with rich, atmospheric world-building in a fast-paced, tensionfilled read." Another critic, writing in Publishers Weekly, wrote that "the tactile quality of the prose will make readers feel as if they can touch and smell the dank sewers of the city." Wooding "fuses together his best storytelling skills—plotting, atmosphere, shock value—to create a fabulously horrific and ultimately timeless underworld," Hillias J. Martin concluded in School Library Journal.

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, July, 2002, Todd Morning, review of Kerosene, p. 1838; August, 2004, Jennifer Mattson, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 1925.

Bookseller, December 7, 2001, "Three Take Gold Smarties," p. 6; February 4, 2005, review of The Ascendancy Veil, p. 32.

Girls' Life, October-November, 2004, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 42.

Horn Book, November-December, 2004, Anita L. Burkam, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 719.

Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2004, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 815.

Kliatt, July, 2002, Francisca Goldsmith, review of Kerosene, p. 26; May, 2004, Sarah Applegate, review of Crashing, p. 25; July, 2004, Michele Winship, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 13.

Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2002, review of Kerosene, p. 98; December 15, 2003, review of Crashing, p. 75; September 13, 2004, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 80.

School Librarian, autumn, 1999, review of Kerosene, p. 158; winter, 2000, review of Endgame, p. 215; autumn, 2001, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 161; autumn, 2003, review of Poison, p. 161.

School Library Journal, July, 2002, Sharon Rawline, review of Kerosene, p. 128; August, 2004, Hillias J. Martin, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 132; April, 2005, review of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, p. 72.

Voice of Youth Advocates, June, 2004, Ed Sullivan, review of Crashing, p. 138.

ONLINE

British Broadcasting Corporation Web site, http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/ (November 6, 2005), "Blast: Chris Wooding."

Chris Wooding Home Page, http://www.chriswooding.com (November 6, 2005).

Fantastic Fiction Web site, http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ (November 6, 2005), "Chris Wooding Bibliography."

Push Web site, http://www.thisispush.com/ (November 6, 2005), interview with Wooding.

ScifiDimensions.com, http://www.scifidimensions.com/ (November 6, 2005), Chris Coppeans, review of The Skein of Lament.

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about 6 years ago

I am trying to write a story called lost lady here's what i have so far:

There was a little girl I new that she wanted to try to do something that she wanted to do her name was Neona Onell. She was a girl with a mark on the back of her back, long black hair & blue eyes. She was all alone in the world her clothes were old & her shoes were torn. She had no mother no father not 1 family member that she new of. For as long as she could remember Neona had no family no home no nothing for almost all her life she lived in an orphanage she was the only girl in the orphanage that was owned by a nun who was named Sister Jane. Neona wanted a family so badly. But sadly she couldn’t every time she tried to get adopted a couple just made a surprised face & pretend to not see her. That’s how it was for her Neona never knew why people avoided her.

So 1 day she asked Sister Jane if she could go to the library Sister Jane said, “Yes but be back before 12:00.” “I will” Neona said she look until she found a book on the floor it was black & in red letter’s it had “LOST LADY” on the cover but there was something unusual about the book there was no author no writer no information about the creator of the book. Neona thought it must’ve had a cover on & the library is making a new 1. So she opened book Neona gasped at what she saw because on the first page it said, to my lovely daughter Neona Farewell.

Neona thought it could’ve been another Neona but then she saw a strange thing the other pages were blank there were no words no picture no nothing. It didn’t make any scents but she had to figure it out some other time it was almost 12:00. She had to run quietly & quickly out of the library but then she figured out she wasn’t going make it. Then suddenly the mark on gryphon’s eyes started to shine a bluish color. She was to right at the orphanage grounds she made it with a minute to spare. She was so tired that she couldn’t even stand up. She opened the door & there stood Sister Jane who came up to Neona & said to her in a disappointing way, “I’m afraid I have some bad news Neona.” “What is it?” Neona said trying to catch her breath “It was daylights savings day I forgot to set the clocks back so you’re an hour early” Said Sister Jane. Neona couldn’t believe her own ears but at least she could take a breather then the eyes of the gryphon started to fade.

After lunch Neona wanted to go back to the library. Sister Jane said with a smile, “You really do like reading don’t you” “Yes ma’am” Said Neona giving a smile back. Sister Jane said, “Yes but be back before noon” “OK” Said Neona she wanted to find “LOST LADY” again when she got to the library she found the book right on a table she opened it up but this time their was something different about it on the 2nd page it said, “wish what you want & you will get it.”

Neona made a weird face, “this makes no scents” Whispered Neona, “I wish the rest of these pages weren’t so blank” Then it happened again the eyes of the gryphon on her back started to glow again it started going all the way to her arms. Then Neona touched the book & then the title of the book said “LOST LADY” by Devin Farewell & Mary Farewell on the other side of the book it said to our Daughter Neona Farewell for her special gift from the mythical animals. Neona found a piece of paper in the book it was a picture of a baby with long black hair & blue eye’s with a mark of a griffon. Neona wondered if this was her when she was a baby. But it was impossible then she got an idea. She went back to the orphanage & asked Sister Jane how she came to the orphanage. When she got back to the orphanage Sister Jane was surprised that she almost fainted.

After Sister Jane caught her breathe she told Neona to follow her. The 2 girls went to the back of the orphanage then went to a basement. It was looked like black widow world in there. Not even a gnat could last 1 day in there. Then finally Sister Jane came to a stop dusting off the books she found what she was looking for. It was a book with a letter. “This was with you when I found you.” Said Sister Jane trying not to cry, all Neona wanted to do was get out of the basement & read the book. So right after dinner Neona went to her room &opened a book then a piece of paper fell to the floor she opened it up & it said:

Dear young lover,

If I the owner of this child does not came back tomorrow it means it’s too late. They have found me & they are looking for her. Change her name hide the griffin & the snake they are not tattoo’s the griffin will give her any kind of answer or wish she wants the snake means that the time has come to start the new moon.

Sincerely: Devin & Mary Farewell

Neona couldn’t believe it her last name was Farewell she had a mother & a father. But she needed more information then she remembered the book it was a type of journal the way the person wrote was amazing

Day 1: my daughter is born my wife is naming her Neona which means new moon she has on her back a griffon & in her neck where the tail should be is a snake it was a birthmark. We didn’t care she is unique.

Day 2: After bringing neona home something strange happened the eye’s of the griffon’s eye & the snake started to glow…

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about 6 years ago

I am trying to write a story called lost lady here's what i have so far:

There was a little girl I new that she wanted to try to do something that she wanted to do her name was Neona Onell. She was a girl with a mark on the back of her back, long black hair & blue eyes. She was all alone in the world her clothes were old & her shoes were torn. She had no mother no father not 1 family member that she new of. For as long as she could remember Neona had no family no home no nothing for almost all her life she lived in an orphanage she was the only girl in the orphanage that was owned by a nun who was named Sister Jane. Neona wanted a family so badly. But sadly she couldn’t every time she tried to get adopted a couple just made a surprised face & pretend to not see her. That’s how it was for her Neona never knew why people avoided her.

So 1 day she asked Sister Jane if she could go to the library Sister Jane said, “Yes but be back before 12:00.” “I will” Neona said she look until she found a book on the floor it was black & in red letter’s it had “LOST LADY” on the cover but there was something unusual about the book there was no author no writer no information about the creator of the book. Neona thought it must’ve had a cover on & the library is making a new 1. So she opened book Neona gasped at what she saw because on the first page it said, to my lovely daughter Neona Farewell.

Neona thought it could’ve been another Neona but then she saw a strange thing the other pages were blank there were no words no picture no nothing. It didn’t make any scents but she had to figure it out some other time it was almost 12:00. She had to run quietly & quickly out of the library but then she figured out she wasn’t going make it. Then suddenly the mark on gryphon’s eyes started to shine a bluish color. She was to right at the orphanage grounds she made it with a minute to spare. She was so tired that she couldn’t even stand up. She opened the door & there stood Sister Jane who came up to Neona & said to her in a disappointing way, “I’m afraid I have some bad news Neona.” “What is it?” Neona said trying to catch her breath “It was daylights savings day I forgot to set the clocks back so you’re an hour early” Said Sister Jane. Neona couldn’t believe her own ears but at least she could take a breather then the eyes of the gryphon started to fade.

After lunch Neona wanted to go back to the library. Sister Jane said with a smile, “You really do like reading don’t you” “Yes ma’am” Said Neona giving a smile back. Sister Jane said, “Yes but be back before noon” “OK” Said Neona she wanted to find “LOST LADY” again when she got to the library she found the book right on a table she opened it up but this time their was something different about it on the 2nd page it said, “wish what you want & you will get it.”

Neona made a weird face, “this makes no scents” Whispered Neona, “I wish the rest of these pages weren’t so blank” Then it happened again the eyes of the gryphon on her back started to glow again it started going all the way to her arms. Then Neona touched the book & then the title of the book said “LOST LADY” by Devin Farewell & Mary Farewell on the other side of the book it said to our Daughter Neona Farewell for her special gift from the mythical animals. Neona found a piece of paper in the book it was a picture of a baby with long black hair & blue eye’s with a mark of a griffon. Neona wondered if this was her when she was a baby. But it was impossible then she got an idea. She went back to the orphanage & asked Sister Jane how she came to the orphanage. When she got back to the orphanage Sister Jane was surprised that she almost fainted.

After Sister Jane caught her breathe she told Neona to follow her. The 2 girls went to the back of the orphanage then went to a basement. It was looked like black widow world in there. Not even a gnat could last 1 day in there. Then finally Sister Jane came to a stop dusting off the books she found what she was looking for. It was a book with a letter. “This was with you when I found you.” Said Sister Jane trying not to cry, all Neona wanted to do was get out of the basement & read the book. So right after dinner Neona went to her room &opened a book then a piece of paper fell to the floor she opened it up & it said:

Dear young lover,

If I the owner of this child does not came back tomorrow it means it’s too late. They have found me & they are looking for her. Change her name hide the griffin & the snake they are not tattoo’s the griffin will give her any kind of answer or wish she wants the snake means that the time has come to start the new moon.

Sincerely: Devin & Mary Farewell

Neona couldn’t believe it her last name was Farewell she had a mother & a father. But she needed more information then she remembered the book it was a type of journal the way the person wrote was amazing

Day 1: my daughter is born my wife is naming her Neona which means new moon she has on her back a griffon & in her neck where the tail should be is a snake it was a birthmark. We didn’t care she is unique.

Day 2: After bringing neona home something strange happened the eye’s of the griffon’s eye & the snake started to glow…

do you think you can help me?

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about 6 years ago

hi