Who got a Carnegie?

Guess who just won a Carnegie Medal? Not me, of course, but Patrick Ness for the fantastic Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three, the third in the wonder Chaos Walking series.

Last fall, I had the pleasure (and the panic) of interviewing Patrick live onstage at Wordstock.



We talked about how he came up with the idea for Noise. In the books, people can overhear any man's thoughts. Patrick made the point that this generation is living their lives on line, and arguably has the least privacy of any generation ever.

We also talked about the heat he got for killing off a much-loved character in the first book (no spoilers!). Patrick said he never second guessed that decision, and that he cried when he wrote it, he cried when he edited, he cried when he copy edited, and he still cries if he reads it.

He also said that he knew the last line of each of the three books before he started writing them.

And we talked about A Monster Calls, the book he is finishing for Sibohan Dowd, the author who had four books published, most of them posthumously after she died from breast cancer at 47. It comes out in October and I can't wait to read it!





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And sometimes I think you need to kill off killers. It makes the reader realize the world is not safe, that they can't be half asleep. That anything could happen.