Gecko and Iguana class are really enjoying their Pigsticks and Harold journey so far and this week they posed some interesting questions to their author Alex Milway…
Is it hard work being an author?
I love being an author, it’s so much fun, but yes it can be hard work. Not only is it writing books, which can be tricky – as I’m sure you all know, writing can be difficult sometimes – but it’s also the marketing of your work, the keeping happy when things don’t always go your way, and of course coming up with new ideas! That’s hard in itself. And that’s not mentioning the drawing side of it! Yikes, illustrating is even harder than writing.
Do you write about other characters or just Pigsticks and Harold?
I’ve written books about yetis, called the Mythical 9th Division, and I’ve also written the Mousehunter series which is based in a world where there are thousands of different species of mice!
Do you get tired when you write a chapter books?
Sometimes. I plan everything very well, so I tend to leave nothing to chance. Each chapter is plotted beforehand so I can dip into parts of the book I want to write when I’m in the mood. Usually, I pick the harder scenes for when I’m in the mood, and the easier ones when I’m not.
And last but not least, how many times do you read and check your story?
Hundreds, in all likelihood. And even then you always find mistakes, or things you’d like to change once it’s published.
And this week’s challenge!
After all those amazing drawings of Harold you made last week, I’m going to ask you to learn how to draw Pigsticks. Have fun with him – add clothes, or whatever you fancy to make your character stand out.
And then, once you mastered Pigsticks, you’ll be ready for next week’s challenge.
Thank you so much for those amazing drawings, they were utterly brilliant! Keep up the good work!
Let’s just say that Benfield Year 3 are a pretty talented bunch – check out their amazing drawings of Pigsticks! And look! – Step aside Prince Harry and Megan Markle – the wedding of the year has to be the Pigsticks wedding!
Alex was SUPER IMPRESSED…..and cracked on with answering some more of Iguana and Gecko’s brilliant questions!
Dear Iguana and Gecko!
These are AMAZING Pigsticks drawings. Absolutely brilliant!
Some answers to your questions!
Do you giggle to yourself when you write something funny? We laughed so much at the toilet queue part!
YES! I always enjoy the bits when a joke appears or fits into the storyline. One of my best friends is an author/illustrator called Gary Northfield, and we always laugh lots, particularly at silly jokes – and making up silly jokes. We sometimes do events together, and a few years ago we did one where he dressed up as a Zebra in a Gladiator outfit and I was a Warthog. It was so much fun.
Did you try out any other jobs before you decided to be an author?
I went to art school – I wanted to be either in a band, or an artist – but I ended up getting a job working on a magazine. I was a sub-editor, which is the person who checks all the words, and layouts for mistakes. While there I wrote my first book, which was the Mousehunter. I loved working on a magazine, but there’s nothing better than being self employed and being in charge of your own work – and time – no matter how difficult it can be at times.
Who is your favourite – Pigsticks or Harold and why? Jasmine: My favourite is Pigsticks because he is super brave!
They are both my favourite! I say this because I think I am equal parts Pigsticks and Harold. Some days I’m full of beans and want to climb the nearest mountain, other days I just want to sit and read a book!
In your story Pigsticks and Harold travel to the jungle. Have you ever traveled anywhere before.
And I’ve travelled a bit – though nowhere quite as exciting as a jungle. I’ve been to Japan and Australia, and I’ve been to China a few times. One of the most amazing landscapes I’ve seen was in the USA, when I spent a week in the Rocky Mountains. That was amazing. One day, I would love to travel north and see the Northern Lights.
We love the sound of the Zebra in a Gladiator outfit – great inspiration for the next fancy dress party!
Great work Iguana and Gecko class! See you next week!