Author & Illustrator Interview: Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

sarahmcintyreHugest welcome to the fabulous co-authors Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve. Between them they have produced a fabulous trio of illustrated novels for younger (7+) readers … Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and most recently Pugs of the Frozen North.

Tell us about you in 25 words or less.

Interplanetary snow yetis with a penchant for woollens.

What makes you happy?

Grumbles of pugs. All of the pugs. #AllOfThePugs

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

Sarah would like to go to Japan to experience all the different types of kit-kats they make. Philip wants to stay home and eat English biscuits.

Where is your favourite place to write/illustrate?

Sarah: I like to illustrate in the bottom right hand corner of the page, because then my hand doesn’t smudge across it.

Philip: I prefer the middle of the page. Less shadow there than in the gutter of the notebook.

What is your top tip for budding writers/illustrators:

See a dermatologist. People shouldn’t really be budding, that’s what plants do.

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

Not having to carry stacks of books around to sell them. Someone else usually does that. We recommend they use book trolleys so as not to hurt their backs.

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked (and what was your answer)?

Sarah’s doctor once asked her if she’d ‘ever been conceived’. She tried to explain that yes, she’d been conceived by her parents, and that slightly confused the doctor, who noted into his spreadsheet ‘has never been conceived’.

What’s your worst habit?

Getting each other do our interviews.

You seem to have the most amazing fun on your book tours – what is the wackiest presentation you have given??

Probably the time we presented a case of vintage Sea Monkeys to the Queen. We should have given her younger Sea Monkeys, these ones had bad breath and terrible flatulence.

Your favourite word(s)?

Royalties. Abundance. Of.

Can you give us a glimpse / peek / hint at your current WIP (I could bribe you with a cake/pics of cute pugs!)?

May involve the colour red. And fluffy things.

Did we forget anything?

Your umbrellas?

Just for fun

Tea or coffee

Tea all day long, but a mid-morning coffee for Reeve is essential. Preferably with a bun.

Paper books or e-books

We prefer our books to be tattooed directly onto our readers’ bare skin.

Cake or chocolate

Chocolate with lashings of cake.

Write or type

Cut out letters from magazines, preferably with sinister intention.

Poetry or prose

We think everyone except us should have to write novels in rhyming couplets. We’d get so rich.

Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin

I’m afraid the Sorting Hat just spat us out, and we had to go set up our own house called Jeremy.

Discover more …

Twitter: @philipreeve1 @jabberworks

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