“I’m as lazy as a three-toed sloth…”

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. A round of applause for LYN GARDNER

Describe your latest book (pictured) in 5 words.

Ballet Shoes meets Malory Towers.

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

It would have to be Olivia Marvell because she’s brave and resourceful, a budding actor and she could teach me how to walk the high wire and fly through the air on the trapeze.

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

Emily Bronte. She wrote Wuthering Heights and when you read it, it feels as if she didn’t just write it but that she felt every word.

What’s the best thing about writing?

Those moments when the story runs away with you, and you’re not writing it, it’s writing you and taking you to unexpected places. It becomes like automatic writing. Spooky, but exhilarating.

What’s your top tip for budding young writers?

Write, don’t just dream your novel in your head. Lots of people want to be writers, but not every would-be writer is prepared to put in the hard graft of turning those dreams into sentences and paragraphs. But it’s worth it. I should know, I’m as lazy as a three-toed sloth (but not quite as hairy), and if I can do it, you can too.

Catch Lyn Gardner at the festival on Wednesday 6 June, 2.30pm.

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