Today I welcome Allan Stratton, author of the fabulous (and one of my favorite books this year) The Grave Robbers Apprentice. I had the pleasure of meeting him at OLA and Teacher's/Librarian's he also does school visits - I highly recommend you give him a shout
Whats a Typical day like for you?
I don't have a typical day, actually, which is one of the main things I love about my life. When I'm working out a new book idea or I'm blocked, I travel the world or see movies and work out at the gym. If I'm working on a draft, I'll start at the computer with my coffee and cats about 7:00 am and work till noon or whenever, then exercise. I work longer hours if I'm doing revisions or proofs. My days always include snuggling with my four cats, aka my Luv Bunnies (Soly, Misha, P2 and Penster.)
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Complete Works of Shakespeare for sure -- my mother took me to the Stratford Festival every year from age five and that certainly kindled my love of theatre and the arts. And I went to Sunday School as a kid, and remember how I loved all the bible stories, they were so exciting and scary: Daniel in the lion's den; Judith chopping off the head of Holofernes; Shadrak, Meeshak and Abendago in the fiery furnace. and wondering what I'd do if I was Isaac and my dad wanted to sacrifice me, or just how hairy Esau was if Jacob was able to impersonate him by pretending a sheepskin was his chest. Not to mention Noah and the flood and all the angels and spirits. It was all YIKES! I think Shakespeare and the Bible have love, depravity and everything in-between covered, and they sure make you think about human nature.
What was the first story you remember writing -- this could even be something you wrote in Grade 1?
I wrote from before I could spell, sounding out words, but I have no idea what the stories were about. In grade six, I wrote a fifteen-minute lay called Henry Hudson that was produced by my class for the school. In grade 12, James Reaney published my play the rusting Heart -- and CBC got me to adapt it for radio.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
What are you working on now?
A Middle Grade novel called Curse of the Dream witch. Fans of The Grave Robber's Apprentice should enjoy it. Lots of fun with kids figuring who they are and what they stand for. Identity, self-discovery, and coming of age have always been big themes for me.
If you could be one of the characters in your books, who would it be?
Gosh, I'd love to have Chanda's character (from Chanda's Secrets and Chanda's Wars). And I'd love to be Hans and angela in The Grave Robber's Apprentice, except for stuff like being buried alive which has always been a fear of mine since I was a kid and saw the movie ad for Ray Milland in Premature Burial.
What One book would you bring if you were stuck on a desert Island?
The Complete Words of Shakespeare. It's so long that as I got crazier and crazier, what with the sun and bugs and dehydration, I'd forget what parts I'd already read so I could always feel like I was reading something new. Also, of course, he's pretty amazing.
What is one thing that really ticks you off?
People texting at the dinner table.
Thank you Allan for stopping by. Don't forget everyone who makes a comment on ANY of A Day in the Life Posts is entered into a special contest in December where you can win a selection of books mentioned in these posts
Note about my Reviews
Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!