Scoop had the opportunity to do an interview with Cressida Cowell with our readers questions.
Cressida Cowell is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. She has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 38 languages. She is currently reading How to Train Your Dragon, giving creativity tips, book recommendations and story writing ideas on her YouTube channel.
You can visit Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell’s YouTube channel and BookTrust Home Time for ideas of how to entertain children at home. The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times, is out in paperback on 14th May, at £7.99.
We are really enjoying your wonderful videos at the moment, its so interesting to see you’re writing shed.
Thank you for watching, I’m enjoying doing them. The shed is currently quite messy, but I decided to show the real picture….
Do you always write there?
Almost all the time, because even though it’s only 10 seconds’ walk down the garden and that gives a good separation between work and home. It doesn’t have heating though, so if it’s absolutely freezing, I have been known to work from bed.
Do you have any rituals when you write?
I think the only ritual is getting started early. I like to have achieved some real work by lunchtime.
Do you think Corona will influence what you are writing at the moment?
Not consciously, no, but sometimes material in your brain subconsciously comes out into your writing without you having planned it. Spooky but true….
If you could draw for a whole day or write for a whole day which would you choose?
I find favourites questions very tricky. If you really make me pick I’d say writing, but illustration is integral to my books, really.
Please can you tell us about what you love about being an author?
So many things, but my passion as an author is to get the children of today to love reading, and creating as much as I did when I was a kid. I love meeting families who read my books together: my mark of ultimate success is if I made the dad cry (because it shows how involved they are in the story).
Do you believe in magic?
Yes, because writers can create anything, and that is the ultimate magic. I can write stories about worlds and characters that other people fall in love with as much as me. Is there any better magic than that?
Who were your heroes when you were growing up?
It sounds a bit cheesy but writers were genuinely my heroes. I looked up to them. People like Diana Wynne Jones, who wrote The Ogre Downstairs about a magic chemistry set…
Please can you describe yourself when you were ten in three words?
Dreamy, messy, creative
If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
I love history, so maybe I’d have been a history teacher.