My Book Corner is proud to welcome Andy Griffiths, author of fabulous The 13-storey Treehouse for our very first author interview!
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I love punk rock, comedy, chocolate cake, sunny days, storms, books, coffee, running, swimming, riding and describing myself in 25 words or less.
What makes you happy?
A full day of uninterrupted writing, followed by a night of uninterrupted reading and/or comedy show viewing.
Where have you always wanted to visit, but haven’t made it to … yet?
Iceland … I love cold weather and volcanic landscapes—they’ve got it all.
Where is your favourite place to write?
It’s changing all the time but lately it’s been a combination of writing long hand first drafts enclosed in a ball chair and rewriting at the family room computer. My official writing desk rarely gets used these days … I get the most work done when I feel like I’m not actually working.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Dogs would have silent barks, and cars would have silent alarms.
What’s the best thing about being a published author?
You only have to say, ‘I’ll tell you a story about …’ and the kids just laugh and say, ‘yeah, yeah, we LOVE that story!’ (NB: This is also the worst thing about being a published author because you have to keep coming up with new stories that haven’t been published!)
Who or what inspires you?
Punk rock, comedy, chocolate cake, sunny days, storms, books, coffee, running, swimming, riding.
What is your worst habit?
Starting new books before finishing the book I’m already reading. But I’ve become very strict with myself and I’m finishing more books than ever before.
Your favourite word and why?
‘Doomed!’ I’ve loved the word ever since I was little and wrote a get well card for my dad saying, ‘Get better soon … or you are doomed!’ Well, it was blunt, but it worked.’ I’ve also been watching old Lost in Space episodes and Dr Smith is constantly saying ‘We’re doomed!’ in the most theatrical and over-the-top way, so I suppose it’s no surprise that I’ve chosen Just Doomed for the title of the next Just! book (to be released April 2012).