5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Ian Lendler + Bonus Video

I’m super excited to be able to share a sweet video today for the book The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents: Macbeth and an interview with author Ian Lendler.

Today’s interview with Ian is of the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 variety.

Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

·         1 question with 5 sentences

·         1 question with 4 sentences

·         1 question with 3 sentences

·         1 question with 2 sentences

·         1 question with 1 sentences

3.  They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences

4. Have fun!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth?
You may not realize this, but that Shakespeare guy was a really good writer. And not just because he wrote things like this: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.”

I mean his actual story-telling – his plotting, pacing, and structure – are so well-constructed it’s spooky. I wanted to introduce those stories to kids at the earliest age possible. Also, who wouldn’t relish the challenge of turning a play renowned for its depiction of evil (with a body count of 10!) into kid-friendly entertainment?

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents—Macbeth

2. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
On a deeply personal and spiritual level, I enjoy the fact that my career has enabled me to not-wear-a-tie to work.  Although I am actually wearing one right now. You know, out of respect for this interview.

3. What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
Paying my mortgage.

4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
Sherlock Holmes. It has fog, cobblestones, London, mutton chops for dinner, and tinctures of things.


5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
Read things you actually enjoy, not just the stuff you’re assigned for school. Write about things you actually enjoy, not just the stuff your teacher assigns. Learn how to edit what you write; you’ll look smarter than you actually are. Trust me, on paper I sound like a reasonable person, but in real life I use the word “awesome” and “dude” WAY too much.


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