Author Interview: Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt Will Mabbitt has penned the successful Mabel Jones middle grade novels, in addition to his latest publication an immensely funny picture book, This Is Not A Bedtime Story.

Huge welcome to Will who agreed to answer the My Book Corner questions …

Tell us about you in 25 words or less.

I have probably got biscuit crumbs in my beard.

What makes you happy?

Family, friends, and gWill Mabbitt - viewoing on long walks without either of them.

Where is your favourite place to write?

My desk. I can see a large grassy hump from my window. Somedays it looks like it has crept nearer overnight.


What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?

The Suicide Club (RL Stevenson)

Naughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman)

The Pocket Encyclopedia of World Aircraft in Colour: Fighters Between the Wars 1919-1939 (Keith Munsun)

Macbeth (Not sure who the author is).

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

The other day an 8 year old asked me where I stood on Britain exiting the EU. It’s not an especially weird question but in the context of a talk about pirate animals it took me by surprise. I couldn’t think of anything funny to say, and I wasn’t well enough informed to give a serious answer either.

What’s your worst habit?

I asked my wife and she said I daydream too much. I think that’s a good habit though. I think my worst habit is  reading on the toilet.

Your favourite word(s) and why

Because. Because.

What are your top tips for writers of humorous books for children?

This is a really hard one. I’m not sure I have any tips. To be honest I am totally winging it. If I had to say something it would be to enjoy doing it – then you can’t lose.

You’ve written middle grade fiction (The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones), and now you’ve successfully written a picture book – did you approach each one differently? (If so, how?)

When I am writing a picture book I make dummy books in my studio. I don’t do this with the Mabel Jones books as they are too long and it would use too much gold Sellotape.

Can you give us a glimpse / hint at your current WIP? (I can bribe you with cake & cups of tea!)

Yes (click here). Please send cake to make up for the fact that it will probably never be published. .

Did we forget anything?

You forgot to mention I had biscuit crumbs in my beard. But maybe you were being polite?

Just for fun

Tea or coffee?


Paper books or e-books?


Cake or chocolate?


Write or type?


Poetry or prose?

Eek. Both please.

Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin?

I’m the sort of person they’d forget to sort, and it would only come to light when I was trying to apply for a wizarding job in later life. Then I’d have to be sorted retrospectively as an adult and it would take ages for the correct paperwork to arrive and by the time it arrived I would have lost the original form and my circumstances would’ve changed anyway as I’d been forced to accept a different, lower paid position at the Goblin Bank.

Hot or cold?

Coffee Hot. Cake Cold.

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