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C.J. Skuse

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C.J. Skuse, author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC, DEAD ROMANTIC and MONSTER, was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures on the MA in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University.
C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn’t get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


  • PRETTY BAD THINGS (Chicken House, February 2010)
  • ROCKOHOLIC (Chicken House, March 2011)
  • DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House, February 2013)
  • MONSTER (Mira Ink, October 2015)
  • THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink, October 2016)

    7198170PRETTY BAD THINGS by C.J. Skuse

    Sixteen-year old twins in Candy-Store crime spree twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again. Last time, they were the ‘wonder twins’, when as six-year-olds they were found alive in woods after three days missing following their mother’s death – three days spent looking for their dad. Now at sixteen, life’s not so wonderful. Out-cast and exploited by their money-grabbing grandmother they’re still clueless about their dad’s whereabouts – until they discover an old letter from him. That’s when they decide to hit the road – and make headlines again. Holding up fast-food joints in Las Vegas might seem extreme but if they can get on the news, and tell their dad they need him, they might get the dream reunion they never thought could happen. (more)

    “It’s so good, I’d even recommend it to people I don’t like.” — Kevin Brooks, award-winning author of The Bunker Diary 

    9637716ROCKOHOLIC by C.J. Skuse

    She’s got it bad, and he ain’t good — he’s in her garage?
    Gonna have to face it: Jody’s addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she’s front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit, loses her precious moon rock, and bodysurfs backstage, she ends up with more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody — oops — kind of kidnapped him. By accident. And now he doesn’t want to leave. It’s a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series . . . but who got punk’d?! (more)

    “Made me laugh, cry, and seriously reconsider my taste in rock stars.” –Lucy Christopher, author of Stolen

    16126716DEAD ROMANTIC by C.J. Skuse

    Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s mocked at a college party, she knows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, Frankenstein-stylee. But can she make him love her? (more)

    “A unique mix of sweet romance, comedy, and a touch of gore. A very funny and enjoyable read.” — Kate Ormand, author of Dark Days

    23126431MONSTER by C.J. Skuse

    At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive. (more)

    “This was such a gripping mystery driven thriller that builds in ferocity with the turn of each page. . . . A brilliant look at different types of monsters and how some are born and some are made.” — Jess Hearts Books

    Coming soon: THE DEVIANTS by C.J. Skuse 

    Pretty Bad Things won the Dumfries and Burgh Book Award 2011




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