NICK CHOO was born in Penang, Malaysia, in March 1980. He was a student of St Xavier's Institution until the age of 17, after which he travelled to Sydney, Australia, for two further years of high school, completing his Higher School Certificate at Newington College, In 2000, he returned to Malaysia to live in Selangor with his family, where he began his undergraduate studies at KDU College. In 2002, Nick returned to Australia to finish his double degrees in Mass Communications (Journalism & Public Relations) and English (Creative Arts) at Murdoch University in Perth. In 2004, he commenced his Masters study in both fields.
Nick was 17 when he wrote Trippers, which was published in December 2001. In 2004, he completed his collection of horror stories for Marshall Cavendish (Malaysia)'s Get Spooked! series. Apart from writing fiction, Nick also enjoys writing for the stage, and is an avid composer who enjoys performing on the piano, violin and occasional guitar. On top of this, he is also an avid cartoonist, and has had his cartoons published in a local paper in Malaysia.
Nick has worked in Malaysia's The Sun as a sub-editor, features contributor, book reviewer and cartoonist. In Murdoch University, he has been involved in a number of stage productions, writing original songs for musicals and performances: the children's productions Zak Zebra's African Safari (2003), Athena Emu at the Olympics (2004) and Captain Quokka's Adventures on the High Seas (2005); two Shakespearean revues entitled A Sip of Shakespeare and Cafe Shakespeare; a curious, musicalised version of Shakespeare's Richard III, and Paul Grabovac's hilarious old-style pastiche 1927. In November 2005, he wrote and produced his first full-length production, the highly-successful Christmas musical Follow the Light. In addition, Nick also co-wrote the music for Love on the Box, a comedy series which aired on Western Australia's Access 31 in 2003, and was also a guest on the show in two episodes.
Nick is now writing new stories for a second title in the Get Spooked! series, and is also working on his next novel, a work of contemporary fiction tentatively entitled Bench.
Interests: writing, theatre, music, composing, scriptwriting, reading, television, movies, cartooning
Published writer: Yes