Patrick Ness is the author of seven novels and a collection of short stories. He was born in Virginia and raised in Hawaii and Washington. He has twice been awarded the Carnegie Medal, as well as the Guardian Children's Literature Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. A Monster Calls, his best-selling novel, was the first to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Prizes in 2012. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is based in London.