Chris Westwood was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the son of a coal miner and a school teacher. His first published writing was for the London music paper Record Mirror
, where he worked as a staff reporter for three years.
His first children's book, A Light In The Black
, was a runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His second, Calling All Monsters
, was optioned for film three times by Steven Spielberg. After a break from writing, spending seven years caring full-time for his father, Chris returned with Ministry of Pandemonium
, the first in a series of novels set in a secret, alternative London.
He now lives part of the time in East London, and the rest of the time in a world of his own.