My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. ‘Be Scary’ I borrowed it from filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids) and it became Mac Slater’s motto in 'Mac Slater Hunts the Cool', too.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Spending my life doing creative work that I love and making a living at it. And having been on a date with the Queen. Well, kind of not ‘officially’ a date. It was the annual royal gala movie premiere in London’s Leicester Square. She was sitting in the row in front of me. There was no kissing involved. I have a ‘not on the first date’ policy. And security stopped me.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Huck Finn. (And Sam Gribley from 'My Side of the Mountain.')
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Definitely the living room flaw. It’s got a really nice Persian on it.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. Preferably on the 4D Spiderman ride.
April 13, 2011I woke up this morning inside my book.
Let me explain.
I wrote a Middle-Grade book called 'Mac Slater vs. The City' and it's set in New York. It's out this week. I wrote it in a small beach town on the other side of the world. East Coast Australia. An ex-hippy town called Byron Bay.
For research and inspiration I used photos and video and mad jottings from a previous visit to NYC years before. Before I ever knew I'd write a book, let alone one set in New York. I used dozens of books on NY and Google Maps Street View and the Times Square live webcams to make me feel close to the city as I wrote.
And in some wild act of... see more