fHey, friends! I’m super stoked to have the opportunity to interview Mr. Sidwell on my blog today. Be sure to check out his novel Chum from you public library or pick it up from your local independent bookshop.
5,4, 3, 2,1 Interview Guidelines:
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 Chum?
Chum is the story of Thirteen-year-old Levi Middleworth who insists he’s got a Destiny, even if half the internet’s tried to bully it out of him with a viral video. When a Hollywood executive in a trim green suit invites Levi to star on a reality TV show aboard a hi-tech pirate ship, Levi thinks his Destiny’s finally come a knockin’. A bit of fame is exactly what he needs to finally make some friends his eighth grade year. But almost as soon as they set sail, the games aboard the ship turn savage, and he and his new bud Holly must do everything they can to find themselves some Chums – little round-headed autonomous toys – since failing to do so means getting thrown to the sharks.
With the help of Levi’s long-lost television hero and a tech-savvy pirate crew, Levi has to rethink his quest for fame in an attempt to save himself, his fellow contestants, and every human being on the beach from a feeding frenzy of grisly proportions.
2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
The freedom to create worlds with my imagination. I love living in those worlds. I love making them real.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
Probably making a living of it. Writing is a challenging business. You have to balance the creativity with the day-to-day finances. It can be a challenge to keep yourself in a creative world when the clock is ticking.
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
I’d live inside the world of The Buttersmiths’ Gold. It takes place during the Viking Age in Norway, when the land was steeped in mythology.
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?