A Word With Kate Scott

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A huge welcome and a round of applause for the very talented, and extremely patient (I've been a bit inefficient about this post - sorry Kate) KATE SCOTT who is celebrating the launch of her brilliant new book JUST JACK,

reviewed on The Bookshelf today.  I am amazed and super impressed that Kate has found time in such a busy week to answer all your great questions.  

Thank you for joining us today Kate, let's kick off by asking about your super talents!   

Q. If you could acquire any super talent what would it be?

A. For every story I write to come out on the page as diamond-like as it looked in my head.

Q. Which is your favourite character from your books?

A. Although Elise in Giant and Tyler in Just Jackare people I’d love to know and have as friends, the character I’m most fond of and feel most connected/in common with is Jack from Just Jack.

Q. If you could be any fictional character which one would you choose?

A. I’m torn between Elizabeth Bennet (for her wit and gorgeous eyes) or Pippi Longstocking (has bags of gold coins, great hair and can lift up a horse with her bare hands). What am I saying? Of course I would choose Pippi. (I am SO with you there Kate!  Great choice.)

Q. What is your favourite occupation when you’re not writing?

A. Reading. I have to read every day or my skin wrinkles, my eyeballs pucker and my legs fall off. (Well, maybe not but that’s what I suspect would happen so obviously I don’t tempt fate.)

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I already do it! I’ve only ever wanted to write though I was briefly tempted by the idea of being a tap dancer, a film casting agent or a theatre producer. Luckily for the dance, film and theatre industries, I didn’t follow these thoughts up.

Q. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your days what would it be?

A. Chocolate and pistachio gelato. Or Waldorf salad. Or risotto. Or macaroni cheese. Are you seriously making me choose ONE kind of food?

Q. Who are your favourite children’s authors?

A. Some of my favourites from childhood include: Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), Penelope Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes), Catherine Storr (Marianne Dreams), Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), Edith Nesbitt (The Railway Children, The Phoenix and the Carpet), Terry Nation (Rebecca’s World), Paul T. Gilbert (Bertram and his Fabulous Animals), Arnold Lobel (the Frog and Toadbooks), M. B. Goffstein (Sleepy People), Joan Aiken (The Wolves of Willoughby Chase) and Gerald Durrell (The Talking Parcel). Other favourites include anything by Diana Wynne Jones, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Frances Hardinge and I’m the Best!by Lucy Cousins (makes me laugh every time). More recently I have discovered Wed Wabbitby Lissa Evans, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Time Travelling with a Hamsterby Ross Welford, Wolf Hollowby Lauren Wolk, the Claude books by Alex T. Smith, The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novakand The Secret of Nightingale Woodby Lucy Strange. Then there are the brilliant books by all my author friends – Sara Grant, Teresa Heapy, Mo O’Hara and others. (I could go on. And on.)  There are some GREAT ones here - more for the reading list folks?

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A.  I have re-read all of Anne Tyler’s and Jane Austen’s novels many times. Also Millionsand Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book.

Q. Do you have any advice for young writers and storytellers?

A. Read every day in case your skin wrinkles, your eyeballs pucker and your legs fall off when you don’t. Seriously, why take the chance? (And the bonus is, reading every day will make you a much better storyteller.)

Q. What can we look forward to from you next?

A. I am finishing a book set in Hong Kong at the moment and then will be starting a writer-in-residence post at my local theatre where I hope to write a story inspired by my surroundings and the theatre’s previous incarnations as a cinema and dance school. I’m also playing with a new project with a very silly title involving royalty and pizza.

Ooh, silly and pizza sounds intriguing - can't wait for that one.  

Kate, thank you SO much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions and the very very best of luck with the wonderful Just Jack which can be borrowed or ordered here:- 


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