Malorie Blackman is the 8th Children’s Laureate and an inspiring author to many young adults. Her bestselling book series – ‘Noughts and Crosses’ – is a series of four books (Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross) and her latest book is Love Hurts.
The first impression of Malorie that you get is that she’s funny and has a good sense of humour. She was being interviewed by a man from the Telegraph and along with very in-depth answers to all the questions given to her she also cracked a joke every now and again.
During the talk she spoke about many topics, one of them about wanting YAs/ teenagers to get more involved in reading for pleasure. She spoke about how she feels like structurally reading is seemed less ‘cool’ for boys, so if she meets boys (or girls in fact) that dislike reading as they don’t think it’s ‘cool’ she’ll insist that ‘IT IS COOL!!’.
She was also asked about her opinion on media becoming more diverse (or rather if media is becoming more diverse) as she often speaks about how when she was younger she didn’t read a single book with a black main character and only came across one in her twenties. She said how she believes books are becoming more diverse and including more varied characters, though she said TV and film have a long way to go.
Another thing she spoke about was tips for YA wanting to write their own stories. One of the topics she covered in the advice was character development and how she creates her characters. She said she writes profiles about them that include the little things like their favourite food and colour. She said when she was writing in multiple points of views she’d listen to a different piece of music for each character (for example when she was writing the character Toby’s point of view in Double Cross she listened to music like Greenday and Imagine Dragons as that was the type of music Toby liked).
Overall, it was a brilliant talk and Malorie was amazing, covering topics from what its like to be Children’s Laureate to social media and the impact it has on YAs. When people asked her questions she looked at the people who asked them and was thoughtful in response.