The Kidlit Interview Series
Ernest Hemingway. I think of him as a gun-toting badass, who also probably wouldn’t have any qualms about blowing me away if I got zombified. And he is responsible for the best fictional sleeping bag ever and could catch us a big fish.
2) Look, I got a time machine on eBay! Where do you want to go? (Said time machine may possibly malfunction and leave you there. Possibly. It was *very* cheap.)
Rome in the first century AD, as long as I was middle class and could keep out of the way of those crazy emperors. But just a day, please, I’m not great with pain and wouldn’t want to take a risk on staying there so long I had to give birth, or deal with sunburn.
3) What’s your favourite thing about writing for kids?
I think books are more important to kids. I also think kids have truer responses and get more involved with stories. I love the idea of building a world for a child to live in for a while.
4) A witch has cast a spell on you (sorry about that) and you’ve woken up as a character in a children’s book – what’s your special talent or power?
I suppose it would be nice to be one of those winning-goal-scoring Enid Blyton heroines for the length of a lacrosse match. That’s probably the farthest from any experience I will ever actually have.
5) What’s the scariest or strangest thing you’ve ever done?
Possibly getting married quite early in life. Scariest and strangest. It’s worked out all right though.
6) What’s something you wish you’d known about writing when you started out? What’s something you wish you’d known about publishing?
To combine the two, I could have done with knowing that the editorial process, not to mention criticism, is seriously worthwhile and useful in terms of making your book better. But I’m not sure that would really have stopped me going mad over it. We’ll see next time round.
7) What would your daemon be?
A sloth. A torpid one.
8) My book doesn’t have dragons, but it does have... indefensibly bossy older brothers.
Jeramey Kraatz, author of The Cloak Society!