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!