Q&A With Marcus Sedgwick
04/07/2012 by Nicola Carthy
The author chats to one of his fans ahead of The Sun Comes Out on Moon Lane festival
Your latest novel, Midwinterblood, takes place over many different centuries. Do you find it easier to write about the past, present or future?
I prefer to write things set in the past or the future, but there's not much difference between them in terms of hardness. I don't mind writing things set now either; they all have slightly different challenges, that's all.
How do you research your books?
The way everyone does I guess - it depends on the book, which may require lots of research or none at all. If it does, I might travel, use the internet, visit a museum, talk to people, and read lots of books. Or most likely all of the above.
If you could meet one of your characters, who would you choose and why?
I'd like to meet Valerian from The Book of Dead Days and find out who his tailor is.
Why do you write for a mainly teenage audience?
I don't. I just write the books I want to write.
What books do you like to read and how do they influence your work?
I read anything. Almost anything. Lots of non fiction, history mainly, but science too. History of science. Science of history. History of the philosophy of science. That kind of thing.
How easy do you find it to write a book from the point of view of several narrators?
It takes a little careful planning but when you've done that it's pretty straightforward as long as you know what you're trying to do, and who each of the narrators is...
How do you think of the twists in your books?
Twists are hard to come up with. Really hard. I wish I did it more often but it's tricky. It's about spending a long time pondering your plot before you write, I think.
Your books can be scary, but what are you frightened of?
I'm scared of the usual stuff: kittens, fish, octopi; that kind of stuff.
A lot of your books feature vampires. Why do you find them so interesting?
Only three of my books have vampires in them, and I've written over 25 books. But that's what happens when you get a reputation for something I suppose. I think the history of the vampire, and our relationship to that history, is actually the fascinating thing, and I guess that's what has made me visit the subject more than once.
If you got the chance, would you like to make your books into a movie?
Yes, absolutely. There have been a few false starts but I'm still hopeful one of my books will hit the screen one day, but if it does I hope it's of merit...
Midwinterblood is out now, published by Indigo.