Getting paid to make up weird stuff…

Our merry band of young writers, The Scribblers, posed some particularly brilliant questions to some of the artists appearing at Hay this year.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you their answers. Hurrah! It’s MARCUS SEDGWICK.

Describe your lastest book in five words.

Full moons illuminate sinister happenings.

If you had to pick one of your characters to spend the day with, which one would you choose?

I’d choose Ferelith from White Crow and see if I could cheer her up a bit 😉

Which writer, dead or alive, you would like to collaborate with?

I’d pick Edgar Allan Poe and write something really creepy 🙂

What’s the best thing about writing?

Where do I start? Getting paid to make up weird stuff? The long lie-ins? Lying on the sofa staring into space and being able to call it work? I could go on…

What’s your top tip for budding young writers?

Enjoy it. Always enjoy it and if you’re not, work out what’s wrong and what you could do instead that you’d enjoy more. Also, I think it’s important to try and finish what you start – don’t judge yourself too harshly but get stuff finished!

Catch Marcus Sedgwick at the festival with The Raven MysteriesSunday 3 June 1pm and with MidwinterbloodSunday 3 June 5.30pm.

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