Q: What can you tell us about your new series, Indiana Bones.
A: Indiana Bones is a comedy adventure series for primary school children. Indiana is the beloved pooch of Aisha Ghatak. He is a magical talking dog from another dimension and she has a black belt in archaeology. Their first adventure finds them on the trail of one of archaeology’s greatest mysteries – the lost treasure of The Lonely Avenger
Q: What is it you love about writing funny fiction?
A: For me writing has to be fun. I figure that if it is fun to write, then hopefully, it will be fun to read. Sometimes being a writer feels like having a big funny daydream in your head which you need to piece together, this is a lovely process, it is a great escape to have a head full of silly nonsense, and then try and piece together a story out of it all.
Q: Is Indiana Bones based on a real dog?
A: The inspiration for Indiana Bones came out of a conversation I had with the book’s illustrator, Rebecca Bagley, and my agent Gill McLay. We were talking about dogs and Rebecca said that she had friends who had a dog called Indiana Bones. BIG-BINGO-TIME! I knew at that moment I had to try and write this book. So, Indiana is based on our family pet, a lovely shaggy pooch called Otto. I sent pictures of Otto to Rebecca, so Indiana and our Otto definitely look alike. Also they both like sandwiches and snoozing.
Q: Indiana Bones has a superpower, he can sniff out criminals. What superpower would you like to have?
A: If I could have any superpower, it would probably be plumbing. What do you mean that’s not a superpower?! Okay then, I will say flying if you won’t let me have plumbing.
Q: What adventures do you think Indiana and Aisha will get up to next?
A: I KNOW EXACTLY what they will get up to next but I do not want to give away any spoileroonies! I will say that their next adventure takes them to Turkey, bits are set in Istanbul and also Ephesus, which is a fantastically preserved Roman city that I have visited a couple of times, once as a child, and once with my own children. It is truly magical and well worth a visit, or at the very least a little Google.
Q: What is your favourite thing about being an author?
A: I love school visits. It is so much fun to meet children who like the books. It is great to talk with children because they are so much fun. Slightly linked to this is World Book Day. I can’t tell you how ace it is to see someone dressed as a character from your own book.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you have with you?
A: TOO DIFFICULT!!! The answer to this would change each time you asked it. Today I will say The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. What a book! There is a wonderful bookshop in Bath called Mr B’s and they ask any visiting authors to give them a pen, which they hang from their ceiling on string. My pen hangs next to Philip Pullman’s. Hope some of his magic somehow transfers itself to me. That must be possible, right?
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