Over the years I have been asked many questions about my books, my approach to writing, and even about my interest in woodwork. The answer to your question may be right here, so have a browse or search my Q&As.
What are the good things and the bad things about being a writer?
How far is inspiration a factor in the process of writing?
In your article for The Writer's Handbook in 2000 you suggested that childreπs fiction was patronised by general publishing. Is this still true?
What, if any advantages for the author are there in having a young readership?
At what stage in the writing process do you have your plot fully worked out?
Where do you go to look for your characters? Are they ever based on people you know?
You have written several series with recurring characters. Do you set out with that intention and if not, at what stage is it apparent that the characters have the scope to develop over several titles?
What were your own favourite books to read as a child?
Your daily regime of hand-writing three pages every day in the shed at the bottom of your garden is well documented and you have previously stressed the importance of a disciplined approach to writing. Did you manage to stick to a rigorous schedule even before you were able to devote your whole time to writing?
Do you edit and re-write as you go along or do you wait until you have a complete draft?
You have been quoted as saying writers block is a lot of howling nonsense. But do you have any tricks or tactics to help things along when the words are not coming out as you want them?
Do you test out your stories on anyone while you're writing them?
The success of the His Dark Materials trilogy, the Harry Potter books and the renewed interest in JRR Tolkien has seen fantasy dominate the childrenπs market in recent years. Do you think itπs important for aspiring childrenπs writers to keep in mind current trends or should they in fact forget such considerations?
Did you or your publisher have any inclination of how successful the His Dark Materials trilogy would be when you first came up with the idea?
Your books deal with many of life’s big questions? God, the church, good and evil, love? and you are not afraid to challenge your young readers. Is that a conscious aim when you sit down in front of a blank sheet of paper? Do you think children’s writing has a duty to pose difficult questions?