expert judges_meet jeff

Jeff Norton award-winning author, producer and creator joins our expert Future8 Judging Panel! Jeff is the author of the award-winning ‘MetaWars’ books (Orchard Books) and the hilarious new ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ (Faber) and is currently Executive Producer of Trucktown, a new CGI TV show based on the best-selling books. Making him the perfect candidate to judge our Blogger category and help decide who will win the life changing prize! 

We caught up with Jeff to find out more about his career! Here are just a few examples of his work:

  • Executive Producer of Trucktown, a new CGI TV show based on the best-selling books
  • Producer of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ interactive movie
  • Author of MetaWars, a 4-part high-tech action book series about the fight for the internet
  • Author of ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’, a funny middle-grade novel about a boy with OCD who dies and becomes a zombie
  • Founder of Awesome, a creative incubator for original fiction and multi-media properties


The Future8 Awards celebrate creativity and technology, we asked Jeff how he thinks the two are linked?
“Today, technology enables artists and creators to bring their dreams to life. Physicality is now longer a barrier to execution. If you can dream it, you can will it into existence. Further, I think that the technology will become increasingly invisible – highlighting experience, and not technical process, for users.”


Can you give us some examples of how these are linked in your own work?

“I constantly experiment in digital forms for my work, from my interactive novel ‘Blood Nexus’ on iTunes iBookstore to my work on wattpad.”


Tip: If you’d like to have a go at making your own interactive fiction check out and download Twine. It’s a great tool to create your own interactive adventure stories like Jeff’s ‘Blood Nexus’! There are plenty of tutorials online to help you master it! Plus it could make a fantastic addition to a blog!

PLUS, if you haven’t already, you can also check out some of Jeff’s work below!

If Jeff has inspired you to get writing, head on over to our website for details on how to enter our Blogger Category and WIN a life changing prize from Penguin Random House UK!

NOT TO BE MISSED: Check out Jeff’s Tips & Inspiration for blogger entrants!