open
Upgrade to a better browser, please.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Authors

Jonathan Stroud

Author added by: Administrator
Last updated by: valashain


Jonathan Stroud

Biography | Works in WWEnd | Images | Videos | Search

Full Name: Jonathan Stroud
Born: October 27, 1970
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Occupation:
Nationality: British
Links:



Biography

I was born in Bedford, England, on 27th October 1970. When I was six my family moved to St Albans, near London, which is where I grew up. From very early on I enjoyed scribbling stories and drawing, and for a long time the two sides were equally balanced: pictures interested me as much as words. Between the ages of seven and nine I was often ill, and spent long periods in hospital and at home in bed. During this time I escaped from boredom and frustration by reading furiously: books littered my bedroom floor like bones in a lion's cave. I tended to enjoy stories of magical adventure more than ones about real life - I think this was because they provided a more complete escape. Around this time I fell in love with fantasy.

Throughout my school years I experimented with different kinds of writing, often illustrated. (See Early Stuff for some examples.) I tried comics, gamebooks, board games, and later poems and plays. Without being entirely aware of it, I was searching for the kind of writing that suited me best. Meanwhile, I was getting more and more interested in other people's writing. Finally I went to York University, to read English Literature.

Like many English graduates, I left university without a clue what to do. But I got an editorial job at Walker Books, in London, and began to learn about children's books. For several years I worked as an editor: helping authors with their ideas and their texts, consulting with designers and artists about the visual side, helping to create books of many kinds. I worked on encyclopaedias, history books, game books and even a children's Bible. This taught me a lot of things about structure, pace and style; meanwhile, in my free time, I was busy writing also. I did several puzzle books for Walker, and began working on a novel too. When Buried Fire was published in 1999, I knew that I had found what I truly wanted to do, but it took until 2001 before I finally took the plunge, gave up being an editor and tried to write full time.

The same year I married Gina, and we now have a daughter called Isabelle, an older son called Arthur and a baby boy called Louis. Most days I go up to my study (see My Working Day), and shut myself away from the world while I write. But I also enjoy doing as many events and author visits as possible: it's essential that a writer reminds himself of who he's writing for...


Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works

 (2009)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Bartimaeus Sequence

 1. (2003)
 2. (2004)
 3. (2005)
 4. (2010)
 
 

 Lockwood & Co.

 1. (2013)
 2. (2014)
 3. (2015)
 
 
 
 

Images

No images currently exist for this author. Be the first to add one.

Submit an Image


Videos

No videos currently exist for this author. Be the first to submit a YouTube YouTube link.

Submit a Video Link from YouTube