Andrew Newbound, the author of Demon Strike and Ghoul Strike!, answered some of my questions.
Here are his responses:
What were some of your favourite books when you were a child?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and the Agaton Sax series.
Which of your books was the most difficult to write? Why?
I Spy – a recent short book. With only a small word count to work with, it was a challenge to create a story with good characters and plenty of interest.
Which of your characters is most like you?
I’d probably like to be like Flhi Swift but perhaps I’m more of a mix between Wortley and Rage.
How do you you write your books? Do you plot and plan in detail, or do you develop an idea as you are writing?
I plan first so that I have a road-map to work within. It helps to keep me focused and motivated.
Where do you write your books?
In my spare room…or anywhere that is quiet.
Why do you enjoy writing for children?
These books are more imaginative. The characters can be much more fun too. And, it helps me to remember how magical childhood can be.
What advice would you give to young writers to help them to improve their stories?
- Read tonnes of books and stories.
- Try to write something new each day – even just a joke or a riddle.
- Share your work and learn from the feedback.
Thanks to Andrew for contributing to The Book Base.