In 2008 the author of the Sebastian Darke books, Philip Caveney, answered some of our questions about his stories and writing methods.
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.
Which of your books was the most difficult to write? Why?
The first Alec Devlin book, Eye of the Serpent. It’s set in Egypt in 1923 and every fact had to be triple-checked.
Which of your characters is most like you?
Max, the grumpy buffalope from the Sebastian Darke series. Like me he always expects the worst.
How do you write your books? Do you plot and plan in detail, or do you develp an idea as you are writing?
I create the character and the setting – the story just evolves.
Why do you enjoy writing for children?
Because there are no rules – the only limit is your imagination!
What advice would you give to young writers to help them improve their stories?
Keep asking yourself “what if” – and make sure we see the events through the eyes of your characters.
Where do you write your books?
In my study at home – it’s a mess!
Check out Philip Caveney’s website.