> I believe that an interveiw with Terry will be broadcast next sunday (19
> may) on BBC 2 (UK) on the childrens program Fully Booked . As I was
> reading the paper at the time, I'm not sure if I heard this correctly. He
> was referred to, though, as ' leading children's author' !
I hope it's correct, 'cos I got to go and record it this week.
As for "leading children's author", well, it's like this...
There have been seven books for kids and several have been shortlisted for
biggie awards and one even won, which was amazing because there
was hardly any mention of serial killers, child abuse or inner city grit it
it. And they sell a lot. So I can probably hang in there.
But there is an in-built censor in the British
psyche that writing fantasy = bad, but writing of kids = okay. And we also
find it very hard to get our heads around the idea that someone can
write books aimed at two different ages groups. I get the
impression sometimes that I am being shifted 'down age' so that I can
be properly pigeonholed. When the children's books started to sell well I
got invited to lit fests -- the unwritten message being that it was okay
to invite a children's author but not okay to invite a fantasy writer, who
would probably be weird and attract the wrong sort.
Oh dear. If it wasn't for the fun and money, I really don't know why I'd
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may) on BBC 2 (UK) on the childrens program Fully Booked . As I was
reading the paper at the time, I'm not sure if I heard this correctly. He
was referred to, though, as ' leading children's author' !
I apologise if i'm wrong.
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> Oh dear. If it wasn't for the fun and money, I really
> don't know why I'd bother.
Damn... another keyboard ruined. Terry, you're a genius.
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> > [.. about writing ...]
> > Oh dear. If it wasn't for the fun and money, I really
> > don't know why I'd bother.
> Damn... another keyboard ruined. Terry, you're a genius.
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Hmm. I wonder if Roald Dahl had these kind of problems, writing "James and
the Giant Peach" with one hand, and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" with the