Author Revealed

About Tom McLaughlin

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/8

Q. Previous occupations

A. Political Cartoonist.

Q. Favorite job

A. This one, silly!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Higham Lane, in Nuneaton and Falmouth College of Arts.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. You can't beat a bit of Morrissey.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Jaws. I love all of Spielberg's early films. There's a genuine charm to them all.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Scooby-Doo. One day it will be a real ghost and I'll be there watching, mark my words.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I doodle words and write pictures.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Give peas a chance.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Maybe in a country pub. It's hard not to be happy in a pub.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Spiders and aeroplanes. If spiders ever learn how to fly planes, I'm screwed

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. With my wife and children. I don't travel well (see above).

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The Cookie Monster.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My nan.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. People who use 'literally' incorrectly. There should be a custodial sentence for that kind of thing

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Missing an open goal from 4 yards out in a school football match.

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

A. I quite fancy being a virtuoso banjo player.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Having a book published.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I worry a fair bit....should I have said that, hmmm?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm reasonably punctual.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm happy just being me, thanks.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I daydream a lot. Apparently it's very annoying.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Charlie Brown. I don't care what you think, he's my hero.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd quite like to meet Einstein. I'm not sure what we'd talk about as my maths is terrible, the weather maybe, or who he fancied for the cup this year, something mundane probably. He just looks like he'd be quite nice.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Intolerance.

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

A. Can I say drawing, or is that too obvious?

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Spin bowler for the England Cricket team, or a gangsta rapper, I can't decide.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, integrity and the willingness to make tea when ever prompted.

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

A. Lunch.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. In no particular order: Reel Around the Fountain - The Smiths. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks. Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie. Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground. This is a Low - Blur.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Roald DahlGeorge OrwellSue TownsendEric CarleDr Seuss Jon Ronson

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 1984Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe Secret Diary of Adrian MoleThe Hungry CaterpillarThe Cat in the Hat

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I was addicted to Adrian Mole as a kid. I read it over and over.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Put the kettle on.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "Where do you get your ideas?" One day I'll think of a answer.