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. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Fingernails. No. Take that back. Toenies. Definitely toenies.
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. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I’d be the Chrysler building. It’s cool, good-looking, hard-working. It gets to hang out in New York City all the time. It has great views over Manhattan, but without all that pressure of being the Empire State. Not a lot of travelling, though. That’d be the main drawback of being the Chrysler.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Huck Finn. (And Sam Gribley from 'My Side of the Mountain.')
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