Benfield Year 2 pupils certainly are a inquisitive bunch and started off their emails to Steven Lenton with an epic list of excellent questions – a selection are below along with Steven’s answers.
Benfield Yr 2: When did you write your first book?
Steven: My first book was a picture book called ‘Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights’ which I wrote in 2014.
BenfieldYr 2: How many books have you written?
Steven: I have written four books so far but I have illustrated nearly 50.
Benfield Yr 2: Why did you start writing books?
Steven: I had been illustrating books for a few years and thought I’d have a go at writing my own characters instead of only illustrating other peoples words.
Benfield Yr 2: Where do you write your books?
Steven: I write them in different places, at my flat, in various cafés and in my studio. I sometimes write in my sketchbook and sometimes on my computer or ipad.
Benfield Yr 2: Did you have any problems writing the book and what gave you the idea of Genie and Teeny make a wish?
Steven: Yes, coming up with the initial idea was quite tricky. I researched the age range for this type of book and saw that there wasn’t a Genie-based book on the shelves. Creating a new world and new Genie rules was quite tricky, and Teeny didn’t exist at first, but I realised the story needed a character here on earth to help Grant explore earth.
Benfield Yr 2: How long did it take to write the book?
Steven: It took around 3 months from start to finish.
Benfield Yr 2: Is Genie and Teeny based on anyone?
Steven: Teeny’s personality is based on my dog Big-Eared Bob, but he is a different breed. Grant the Genie is slightly based on me, because I love to tell terrible jokes!
Benfield Yr 2: How did you make this book?
Steven: I sketched out the characters in my sketchbook first, then started writing ideas for the story next to the drawings. Then I typed up my ideas and filled them out into a fuller story idea, then wrote the first draft, then a second draft, then a final draft with the help of my editor. Then I did a rough version of all the illustrations, then the final version of the illustrations and then all the files get sent off to be printed!
Great questions Year 2! We look forward to seeing what you do next!