Quickfire questions with author Marcus Sedgwick
Alongside a 16 year career in publishing Marcus Sedgwick has established himself as a widely-admired writer of YA fiction; his books have either been shortlisted for, or won, over thirty awards, including the Booktrust Teenage Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. His latest title is White Crow.
He now writes full time, is Writer in Residence at Bath Spa University, teaches creative writing, and is currently working on film and other projects with his brother, Julian.
Which 3 writers, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?
Edgar Allan Poe, Mervyn Peake and Ernest Hemingway
What's your favourite writing snack?
Waitrose plain chocolate biscuits
Longhand or computer?
Computer, surely to God.
Win Booker prize or land Hollywood film deal?
That's a real tough one. The film just edges it, because I love film so much.
Tabloid or broadsheet?
Broadsheet, though only rarely I have to say.
Independent bookshop or Amazon?
Independent. Use it or lose it, I guess.
Hacker or adder?
Neither, gentle pruner usually.
Plotter or panter?
Plotter. Almost every time, though there are some exceptions to that when you just know what you're doing without having to plan tooooo much.
Leave on a cliffhanger or tell all?
Cliffhanger, everytime. I want to do some work when I read and so that's the kind of book I write too.
You really must read…
The First Century After Beatrice
I get most excited by…
New ideas, or rather, new and exciting ideas. The unusual and the strange and the unexpected.
If I wasn’t a writer I would be…
Sad, grumpy, frustrated. Unless I'd managed to be a musician instead.
An author should always…
Remember their manners.