Quickfire questions with children's author Anthony McGowan
Which 3 writers, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?
François Rabelais and Anthony Burgess for intellectual bawdy and smut; Emily Bronte, so I could try, for one night, to make her happy.
What's your favourite writing snack?
Wish I could say it was donuts - my next book is called the Donut Diaries of Dermot Milligan - but I don''t actually like them. I'm more of a muffin man.
Longhand or computer?
My Mac, of course. Or occasionally goose-quill on vellum.
Win Booker prize or land Hollywood film deal?
Hollywood, I think, for the parties - dwarves with bowls of cocaine on their heads, that sort of thing. No, what am I saying ... Booker.
Tabloid or broadsheet?
I'm a Grauniad man.
Independent bookshop or Amazon?
There's room for both.
Hacker or adder?
It always comes out perfectly the first time.
Plotter or panter? [Do you plan all your work first or write by the seat of your pants?]
I have a good idea of both start and end points, but the journey in between is pretty random.
Leave on a cliffhanger or tell all?
Totally depends on the particular book. Hellbent ends with a cliff-hanger, The Knife that Killed Me leaves nothing unsaid.
You really must read…
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley.
I get most excited by…
Lightning (a big flash just went off right over my head!)
If I wasn’t a writer I would be…
A would-be writer.
An author should always…
Oscillate between believing in their own true greatness, and knowing that they are completely useless at the job.
Anthony McGowan is a multi-award winning author of books for adults, teenagers and younger children. He has written two highly acclaimed literary thrillers, Stag Hunt and Mortal Coil, for Hodder & Stoughton, and three young-adult novels, Hellbent, Henry Tumour and The Knife That Killed Me, for Random House. Random House also publishes his Bare Bum Gang series for 7-10 year olds. His latest book for children, Einstein¹s Underpants, was shortlisted for the 2010 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. The Fall, a novella for teenagers, was released on May 21, and The Donut Diaries, for 9-12 year olds, in August 2011.