Born and bred in the Highlands of Scotland, I have been writing ever since I first figured out which end of a pencil did what. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve. It was eighteen pages long and terrible. Since then I like to think I have improved. At 17 I wrote a Scottish set screenplay – THE CURSE OF THE BOG WOMEN – and was stunned to have it optioned by a US company that same year. Two years later, my second screenplay – MAKING A KILLING – was optioned by a UK company. Both organizations later declared bankruptcy. As far as I’m aware, I was directly responsible for neither. Since then I have written everything from magazine articles to radio plays. It was only as my first child began to read that I decided to try my hand at books for children. Since then I have written six books for Egmont, and have sold a six-part horror series – INVISIBLE FIENDS – to HarperCollins. I am very keen to encourage children – particularly reluctant boys – to read a wide range of fiction. This is why I became involved in founding the Trapped By Monsters website (www.trappedbymonsters.com) – a site designed to share great stories, and get children involved in reading and writing.
About writer's work
I consider the six books I’ve written for Egmont to be my practice work. I have taken everything I learned working on those titles and have put it into INVISIBLE FIENDS. I enjoy writing for boys, and although I’m currently working on horror books, they are filled with moments of dark humour, as comedy has always been my first genre of choice.
Websites featuring the authorwww.barryhutchison.comwww.trappedbymonsters.com
Short story, MONKEY MAGIC, featured in Wow366 charity anthology from Scholastic. Currently developing a comic book mini-series, GANGRENE.