So, it's Friday and the start of a long weekend here in the UK. It's been a long week, too, with lots of Sky Thieves promotional activity keeping me busy. First up was Sleaford and Boston libraries, up in Lincolnshire, who were kind enough to invite me in to speak to groups of kids from local schools. These were my first author appearances, and went about as well as I could have hoped. The children were lovely, and engaged - asking questions, answering questions, giggling, booing and all the rest. And they were super-excited when it came to the book signing, often telling me of their favourite authors, and how much they were looking forward to reading Sky Thieves. It was the most 'authorly' moment of my writing career so far, and I couldn't have wished for a better bunch of kids.
A week or so ago I had the pleasure of joining the readers at Reddit r/books subreddit to do an 'Ask me Anything.' The clue is in the title on this one. The readers of r/books could ask me anything and I had to answer. I had a great time chatting with people, and I thought I'd write up some of the questions. So, without further ado:
How did you start writing for children?
I started writing eleven or so years ago with serious books for adults. None were published, though I enjoyed writing them. But as time wore on, I got an urge to write more exciting plots, and that's when I turned to children's books. I like bigger than life characters and lots of breathless action, so children's books seemed like the place for me to be. Now I wouldn't write anything else.
Well, it's been over a week now since the book came out and there's been lots of good reviews coming in. Here's a few of the best:
"Classic good versus evil tale with a colourful cast of flying thieves and unlikely heroes. Original, exciting and full of interesting characters and vivid action scenes, Dan Walker has created an excellent air-borne adventure story in Sky Thieves."
- Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids
"The main protagonist was an instant hit...The story had us both gripped throughout and it had us literally at the edge of the chair cheering them all on."