Ann Halam

Biography

ANN HALAM

is the name Gwyneth Jones uses when writing for teenagers. All her books have some kind of fantasy, ghost story, science fiction or horror element. "If I'm going to take the trouble to write a whole book," she says, "It's going to be something that couldn't happen if I didn't invent it." Her other explanation is that she believes in strangeness. The Fearman (a vampire story) won the Children of the Night award. Siberia (a scientific fairytale) was shortlisted for the Teenage Book Trust Prize.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Why do you have two names?

A. Long ago, my publishers didn't like a book I offered them. It was a comedy thriller (called Ally Ally Aster). They asked me to use a different name if I sold it somewhere else. Ann Halam is the name I chose. It's my great-grandmother's name, but I spelled it wrong, it should be Ann Hallam. I thought it would be only for one book, but I've written as Ann Halam and as Gwyneth Jones, alternately, ever since.

Q.How old were you when you had your first book published?

I was twenty four.

Q. Are you afraid of ghosts?

No, but I'm scared of them. I believe that strange things do happen: premonitions, visions, visits from the past. But I don't think actual dead people return. There must be another explanation.

Q. Why do you write horror?

Because I'm scared of so many real things. I get it out of my system by inventing imaginary terrors.

Q. Why do you write science fiction?

Because I started off with fairytales, and science is the magic of the real world. Because the future is where we're all going to live, so we'd better start imagining how to make it work.

Q. Do you prefer your Gwyneth Jones books, or your Ann Halam books?

I like them both.

Where to find Ann Halam online


Books

Don't Open Your Eyes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,140. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Moving into a proper house with a garden was a dream come true for Diesel and her mum and dad. Then Diesel fell for Martin Knight, the no-hope teenage criminal next door. She knew he was going to break her heart, and she was right: soon their love story was over before it had even started. But heartbreak turned to sickening horror, when Martin was gone forever, and something else came back.
Nimrod
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,950. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Stacey vanished. Alan knows she's dead but his mother refuses to believe it. Three years later, Alan's filling shelves in a supermarket, haunted by his little sister' ghost, destroyed by what he did and just waiting to die. Then Alan's lost witness, the girl in white who knows what really happened, suddenly turns up. But has NIMROD really found Stacey? And how can Alan decide who to trust?
Crying In The Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,860. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Bullied and abused by her adoptive family, a holiday on the edge of Dartmoor is just another ordeal for Elinor. Then her aunt forces her to sleep in the horrible old four-poster bed, a musty prison of curtains where strange dreams await . . . Facinated and terrified, Elinor becomes trapped in a three hundred year old tragedy. and the price of escape is too horrible to contemplate.
The Powerhouse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,180. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Robs is thrilled to be playing keyboards in Maddy and Jef's super-cool experimental band. When their rehearsal space gets flattened to make way for a car park, Robs finds them a new venue in a derelict industrial building, where notorious local hippies held their "happenings", long ago. It's ideal, except the Powerhouse is haunted . . . by something much worse than a sad, hippie ghost-girl.
The Fear Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,340. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Andrei's family has been on the run from Andrei's absent dad for as long as he can remember: changing towns and changing schools every few months. His mum has never told him why. But now Andrei's a teenager, and things are coming to a head. The mysterious house on Roman Road, with its gruesome magic, draws him, irrisistibly. Maybe it's time to stop running; time to stand and fight.
The Haunting Of Jessica Raven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,590. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Jessica's brother Adam is dying, and the brilliant medical scientist who could save him has had a breakdown, and given up his work. He's lost in a nightmare of the Nazi occupation. But why is Jess haunted by a band of terrifying, ragged children? And how can she get them to reveal the secret of la couronne?
King Death's Garden
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,580. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014 by Gwyneth Jones. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
In the old cemetery next door to his great aunt's house, Maurice discovers he can spy on the past. He knows he's playing a dangerous game, but he just can't stay away. A classic ghost story for teenagers

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