Stuart Gibbs on 'Evil Spy School'
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I've been telling myself "Life is Good" every day since long before there was a clothing company with that name
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Just" There's a great website called wordcloud. You enter text into it and it creates a picture of all your most used words, with the words you used most being the biggest. I pasted all of the first draft of 'Belly Up' into it and discovered I'd used the word "Just" more than my own protagonist's name. So I went back through the book and cut out hundreds of "justs."
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet Charles Darwin and have him tell me, in detail, about all his adventures sailing around the world and how the concept of evolution came to him.