One of my books is shortlisted for the Grampian Book Award.
Some of the school students have asked the shortlisted authors to answer some questions. Here are my answers:
To Robbie: “Absolutely. Among adults, there are the Brontes, John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Richard Wright, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Bali Rai, Malorie Blackman, Alex Wheatle, Robert Louis Stephenson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Ellison, Robert Cormier, Robert Swindells and Robert Westall.
To Lewis: “Stop writing! Do something different. Go for a walk, listen to music, have a meal with friends and family, anything to take your mind off writing.”
To Cameron: “I suppose it is the hope that one day I will write something really special. Plus I have to earn a living.”
To Elisabeth: “I am a full time writer, but book sales alone wouldn’t earn me a living so I do a lot of lecturing in schools and colleges.”
Mrs McLean: “Can I have a few? The greatest picture book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The greatest adventure book is Treasure Island. The most heartwarming book is Danny the Champion of the World. The greatest Young Adult book is The Chocolate War. I love The Borrowers, The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt too.”