When did you start writing?
I guess I always wrote (and drew) as a child, but after studying film at college I started writing scripts, then tried other avenues until a friend suggested trying children’s books – to which I thought, ‘What a good idea!’
Do you like writing children’s books?
Yes! It’s wonderful to let your imagination roam in any direction you like, and it’s great to be the creator, the absolute starting point, of the whole creative process.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
The freedom and creativity, the pleasure of seeing something you’ve written as a real book, there in your hand – or preferably in the hands of readers who are lost in your world and having a great time there.
What have you written that you’re most proud of and why?
Hmm – probably Buddy and Elvis and Ghost Rescue. The wonderful illustrations make both a joy to behold. B&E is in television development, so of course that’s very exciting! And Ghost Rescue was a step up for me, a challenge to pack eight exciting adventures into not too many pages.
When you were growing up what was your favourite children’s book?
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the Narnia Chronicles, Alice… Slightly less
known were Cynthia Harnett’s adventures set in a vivid fifteenth century England, and Minnow on the Say, a gripping treasure hunt by the author of Tom’s Midnight Garden. I also devoured Ladybird books on a vast range of subjects – history, science, nature etc.
Are you going to write any more books in the Ghost Rescue series?
No more are planned at the moment. But I think it would make a great TV series …(hint hint!)
If you had a ghost in your house who would you call to help you, the Ghostbusters or the Ghost Rescue team?
I’d have to work out whether the ghost is nasty or nice – if they are nasty, it would be a job for the Ghostbusters, but if they’re good then Ghost Rescue and I would do our best to help them!
For more information about Andrew visit his website at: http://www.andrewmurray.dsl.pipex.com/