Author

Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent his childhood playing video games and watching anime. Reluctant to read for a lot of years, it was his love of Japanese animation that got him hooked, as his mum saw the book jackets for Chris Wooding’s Broken Sky series and bought him the first one as a gift when he was fourteen. He had read the odd book now and again before, but had never been so enthralled and captivated as he was by Broken Sky. Soon he began devouring the rest of the teenage fiction shelves and was introduced to the life changing His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, and the masterpiece that is Harry Potter.

Joseph had always loved drawing and making music as a child, but with his new love of books, he began writing too, first short stories, then longer beginnings of novels. By the time he was sixteen, he had over a hundred pages written of a novel named The Unwanted Continent, but hadn’t planned the story beforehand, and became completely stuck (never mind being slightly distracted by his GCSEs).

At the end of sixth form college he began work on a second novel, Setasha, which he continued writing while at university studying Interactive Media. Ultimately his studies overshadowed the book (probably for the best, as he ended up with a 1st class!) and it suffered, once more, from a lack of planning.

On leaving university, Joseph got a job working part time in a bookshop alongside doing freelance CGI and visual effects for television shows and other projects. It was here amongst the books that he met the love of his life, Charlotte.

When the recession hit, and visual effects work dried up, Joseph grabbed an empty notebook and said to himself ‘This is it. This is the time to write my novel.’

It took him six months, between bookselling days, to plan the novel that would become City of the Falling Sky, and a further year and a half to write it.

Joseph still works as a bookseller today, and over the years he has had countless parents and teenagers approach him to ask, ‘what can you recommend?’ And although he has enjoyed books since, there are only a very small selection of books that he can truly recommend in terms of sheer reading pleasure, and the top of that selection is, unashamedly, Harry Potter.

Harry Potter was Joseph’s biggest inspiration when writing the first book in the Seckry Sequence (readers will undoubtedly see the similarities in regards to the structure of the book spanning one year of Seckry’s school life, and Friction being as important to Seckry as Quidditch is to Harry.) He wanted to write a book about characters that you would want to be friends with, a book in who’s world you would love to live.

Joseph’s love of all things electronic and the video game culture he grew up in also had a massive impact on City of the Falling Sky and writing about Seckry’s adventures in such a city felt like the most natural thing in the world. Seckry was always there, waiting for his story to be told.

Joseph loves writing The Seckry Sequence because it is the series he has always wanted to read.

He hopes you will love it too.

10 comments

  1. Julia says:

    Awesome book! I just finished book 1 and I’m reading book 2 right now! I have a suggestion for a new series: after you finish The Seckry Sequence (which I don’t want to end!!) you should start a new series about Seckry and Eiya’s daughter/son. Can’t wait for book 3!

  2. Ellie says:

    I have never been so captivated by a book in my life! I picked up city of the falling sky at a second hand book shop (best places in the world) and started reading it on the bus home, I couldn’t put it down! It’s really well written and the storyline is incredibly imaginative and original. I literally want to climb into the book and join Seckry. I can’t wait to see what happens in book three, keep going your doing an amazing job.

  3. Valerie says:

    Your books are the best I’ve read in a long time. You really go the extra mile to give depth to your characters and it really makes a difference. I’m fourteen and I literally cannot wait for book three! Do you have any idea when it will be published? One part of book one that I particularly enjoyed was how you had Seckry always doubting if he could live up to this huge character he was named after and once it became apparent that HE was Seckraman and it sank in, I was absolutely blown away. This is the first time a literary tool has absolutely blown my mind. I first started with your Episode stories and when I read your biography, I couldn’t get to the book store fast enough. I adore your works both in Episode and in real life. I can’t tell you how many times my mind was absolutely blown. I feel like anything else I read until book 3 comes out will be a severe disappointment.
    Thank you for your contributions to literature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Marylin says:

    Hi, Joseph,

    I am a 67 year old grandmother from Texas in the US who thoroughly enjoyed reading your first two books on my Nook. My grandchildren are a bit old to let me read to them (26, 24 and 15) but I’m going to tell them about your series in hopes they will read them. I hope the next book comes out soon. I’m anxious to find out how the story unfolds!

    I saw that your friend pointed out the use of barren instead of baron. I saw a couple of other words that had the same issue. When referring to firm muscles, the word should be taut, instead of taught. Also, the ground wheat used for baking is flour, instead of flower.

    I love reading the teenage and young adult books. You’ve done a great job on the stories. They’re very inventive and move along very well to hold the interest of your readers.

    I hope your series gets picked up by a major publisher soon. I think the books would make an excellent series of movies or TV shows.

    Best wishes in your career and your personal life. All the best with beginning your journey with the love of your life.

  5. Rochelle says:

    I just finished your book and I am itching to read the next one! i found it amazing and I’m going to be blabbing on about it for ages! Thankyou so much for writing it :)

  6. Rhys says:

    i have no idea what to read while i am waiting for the second book to come out because i am looking for a book as good as city of the falling sky and doing that is going to be very VERY difficult

  7. Samantha says:

    I absolutely love this book. It may be my all time favorite. I keep a tab on my IPhone with this website to see when the second book release date will be announced! I really hope you continue to write other series because you have a gift.

  8. Kevin says:

    Just popped into Waterstone’s today and saw you standing by your book. Didn’t know you were the author! Well done YOU!!!

    Sorry, but I bought ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the one illustrated by Tove Jansson as she is far more important to me than you and I’m a little scared of talking to strangers especially on a Saturday afternoon when town is full of crazy people :)

    I’ve picked up the book before, but be sure I’ll buy it when I get paid next week.

    By the way, you were looking a little tired. May I suggest a chair.

  9. Crystal Flint says:

    What a great book! I loved the characters and I’m definitely going to recommend this read to my friends! Please continue the story! I can’t wait to find out how it ends! Thank you!

  10. Mandy Burn says:

    Don’t sell yourself short this is not just a book for teens this 54 yr old grandmother has thoroughly enjoyed your book. Have been a prolific sci fi reader since the age of 14 and this book rates with the best looking forward to the next one. Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable read and the pleasure I am going to get out of reading this to my grand children

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