Thursday, 12 March 2015

Q and A: LOADS of questions from lovely Ladygrove

It was World Book Day this month, when many children dress up as book characters.
Here is the very scary Captain Traiton from Felix Dashwood and the Traitor's Treasure. What an awesome costume!
(Thanks to Emma Adam for the photo of her daughter)

I've just received lots of nice emails and letters from year 6s at Ladygrove Primary School. I first met most of them when they were in year 3! You can read their lovely comments below, followed by my answers to their questions, followed by even more lovely comments.
Thanks to the Ladygrove year 6s for writing to me. Reading how much you enjoyed my visit has made my week! You were a brilliant audience and I had so much fun bringing my books to life with you all.
It's a real shame that you won't be at Ladygrove the next time I visit, but it was lovely to have met you all a few times. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time at Ladygrove. It's a brilliant school, isn't it?
Nice comments:
"The 10th of March was magnificent! Thanks to you now over 90% of school pupils are now reading! Your clips were EXTREMLY funny... Please keep staring at blank walls! Because your stories are amazing, to add on you’re my favourite author and you inspired me to read!"
"You are a true hero and have inspired me to read more than I do."
"I am writing to u to thank you for being awesome  you have truly inspired me ...  I wish you could teach me how to be so cool!"
"we really loved your crazy attitude and fun personality."
Lots of questions:
Have you ever messed up in front of school and the children?

Once, my magic portal was at the bottom of a staircase. I had to climb up the stairs, jump through a door and into the hall. But as I went through the door, I hit my head on the top of the door and fell all the way back down the stairs. Everyone laughed :(

Has any of your books been to any other countries?

My books have been read in Germany, Spain, Africa, America, New Zealand, Australia… and of course the UK.

How long did it take to write all the books you have previously wrote?

Most of them take 1 and a half years, but Mutating Mansion only took 2 months.

When did you like books?

I was a reluctant reader until I was about 16. Then I started to like books.

Why did you choose the name `Traiton`?

I like how Traiton sounds a lot like Traitor, which might give you a clue about what that character is like.

What’s going to be your next ks2 series called?

I’m not sure what it will be called, but my next KS2 series will be about a boy who can jump into films and have adventures with all the characters in them.

Which of your books do you think is the scariest?

Probably Mutating Mansion. Those toys are creepy!

Which one is the best to you? 

The book I think is the best is always the one I’m writing at the moment.

What’s your nickname? 

At school I was called ‘Drumsticks’. Can you guess why?

Do you like gamers? 

I’m not much of a gamer myself, but some of my friends are. I’ve played a bit of Minecraft, and I’m an expert on Temple Run!

Who’s your favourite author now? 

Jasper Fforde, Philip Pullman, Nicky Singer, Markus Zusak

Do you read books to get ideas? 

Yep! You’re allowed to steal ideas from other books (as long as you don’t steal the whole plot!). It’s called ‘magpie-ing’. If anyone wants to magpie ideas from my books, you’re very welcome to!

Will you retire from writing books?

I hope not. I love it!

Will you ever become a publisher not an author?

Maybe one day I will be both.

How much do you earn from each book?

If a book is sold in a bookshop, authors usually get about 8% of the price. So if a book costs £5.99, I’ll let you work out how much authors get!

If you could be another well known author who would you be and why?
Jasper Fforde. His ideas are mad and funny, and very clever.

If you didn’t have a plain wall to stare at to get your ideas what would you use instead?

The sea. I like staring at the sea.

Who is your favourite super hero?  


What did you want to be when you were younger? 

A zookeeper. Then I realised that zookeepers have to shovel poo, so I decided I didn’t like that idea.

Do you enjoy your job?

No, it’s rubbish… (I’M JOKING)

What is the best part of your job?

Coming into schools and working with all you lovely children (and your horrible teachers).

Hope I am not wasting Luke’s time of being AWESOME. (which is always)  

Ok, so this isn’t a question, but it’s a nice sentence to end on. Thank you :)

Even more nice comments:

"Our reading has grown massively since your first extraordinary visit and every time you have brought smiles to everyone’s faces and made my day!"

"The whole school loves the way you dance and when you are funny (which you all ways are)"

"you are a inspiration to all the children in the world. One of our teachers didn't want to come in, now she is buzzing."

"I wasn’t really looking forward to you coming because I thought you were going to be one of those authors who just sit there and reads us a boring book but NO you brought enthusiasm and confidence to your act. Before I saw you I thought reading was boring but now I've realised how reading can be exciting and fun."

"Our teachers are always nagging us to read but we can’t if there’s no books that interest us. However, now your books are out the teachers won’t be nagging at us anymore!"

"I think everybody’s favourite part was when you dressed up like a ballerina, well that was my favourite part!"

"When I got up I didn't want to come to school. However, then I reminded myself about you coming to school so I got up and got dressed. It was so super, I was so happy - I'm glad I didn't stay at home!"

"Definitely the best part of your enthusiastic talk was every single bit of it"

"You were successfully astonishing once again! You shine a light into every bodies day."

 "I had been dying to see you again and was thoroughly drenched in excitement."