Author & Illustrator Interview: Elys Dolan

Elys DolanElys Dolan created quite a storm with that fabulous picture book Weasels. Now Nuts in Space  and Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory have come along to make us giggle just a little bit harder.

Well, I just had to ask Elys in to My Book Corner didn’t I!!

Delve in to discover her most embarrassing moment and her geek confession.

Tell us about you in 25 words or less.

I am Elys and I’m female (my oddly spelt name often causes confusion in that area). I live in Cambridge with some guy called Chris who made me cookies yesterday.

What makes you happy?

Animals in hats. 

Where have you always wanted to visit, but haven’t made it to … yet?

Japan because it seems so different. The West Country because it seems so different.

Where is your favourite place to write?  

My STUDIO, which is actually the spare bedroom with a desk in it. It also contains 13 cacti, Sgt. Dave: Military Sock Monkey and a convenient napping station. 

What’s the best thing about being a published author?

I get to make up ridiculous stuff for a living. 

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?

When I worked in a bar one of the customers asked if they could lick my hair, which was odd especially as most other people just wanted drinks. Also I was being sick the other day (food poisoning) and my boyfriend asked me through the door ‘what are you doing?’, which I thought was pretty obvious. 

Weasels deservedly attracted many awards. What’s the best thing about attending an awards ceremony?

The canapés. Always the canapés.

What is your worst habit?

Apparently I grind my teeth in my sleep but I’m yet to see any proof.

Your favourite word?

As you might be able to tell I’m quite fond of megalomania. 

What is on your TBR pile?

Under my ultra sophisticated children’s book author/illustrator exterior I’m actually a massive geek so I’m waiting to read The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding and The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell. As soon as it’s out I’ll be adding Ben Aaronovitch’s Foxglove Summer to that list along with Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King.

Your most embarrassing memory?

Watching my Dad try and start a fight with Tigger at Disney Land.

Just for fun

Tea or coffee? Tea. But normal tea. I don’t like Early Grey. It tastes like flowers.

Paper books or e-books? Paper books.

Vegemite or Marmite? Marmite! Obvo.

Write or type? Write.

Poetry or prose? Prose.

Beach or bush? Bush.

Hot or cold? That is very contextually dependent. 

Thanks Elys. Is it wrong to admit a slight giggle at the thought of the Disney Land incident?!

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