I've Been Asked More Questions.....

..…over the course of many years' worth of author visits than I could possibly get down, and I have many writing tips to share.  Here are just a few of them, which will be added to on a regular basis so keep an eye on this section.  

Tuesday
Feb222011

Q. When did you start writing?  

A. I was nine years old when I read my first story out loud in class at school.  I know I was writing before that, but can't remember for how long.  I do know though that at the age of three I was standing at the garden fence making up stories for the big children next door.  If you want to know what I looked like then - or even what the fence looked like! - take a look at the photo in the 'About' section.

Tuesday
Feb222011

Q. Where do your ideas come from?  

A.  Ideas are everywhere - it's just a matter of how you look at things.  In newspapers, in school, on TV, on the street - ideas are wherever you find people.  The knack's to take the way that people live their lives, and the things they do and feel, and to make them interesting and surprising.  Also to make them feel real.

Tuesday
Feb222011

Q. How long does it take to write a novel?  

A.  A long time! A novel in a year means really hurrying.  A novel in two years would be great because it would allow me time to write my book and change my mind and write it differently and make it better.  But the danger there would be in losing my way, so I try to get a novel finished within eighteen months.  Having said that, though, I did once spend four years writing a book, and there's another one I've been thinking about on and off for the last twenty years and I still haven't written it yet.