I hope you enjoy my interview with A.F. Harrold!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about The Imaginary?
It tells the story of Rudger, an imaginary friend, and Amanda, a real friend, and what happens when they get separated.
It also stars an imaginary dog called Fridge, a real cat called Oven, some grownups, some weather and villain called Mr Bunting.
It is illustrated by the amazing and prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett who has made the book a very beautiful thing.
2. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Being paid by people to write things down, that’s quite nice, along with all the baths I’m allowed to take.
Whenever I get stuck with writing I’ll have a bath and try not to think about what’s got me stuck.
The bath has to be hot, very hot, and there must be bubbles and a good book to read.
If the bath doesn’t help, then I might go for a walk down by the river, that’s quite nice too.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
Just one day?
I’ll spend it in the Hundred Acre Woods, catching up with old friends.
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
Keep on reading and keep on writing.
Throw nothing away, even the things you think might be rubbish.
Put them in a bottom drawer and leave them there.
From time to time take things out, have another look: you might see how to make them better now.
If you’re stuck, go have a bath.