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Catherine JinksDescribe your new book.
Evil Genius is about a super-intelligent kid called Cadel, whose father is a jailed criminal mastermind. Cadel is being groomed to take over his dad's evil empire (and the world); to this end, he enrolls at the Axis Institute for World Domination, where he joins a student body dedicated to learning about crime. But he soon begins to realize that he doesn't want to follow the path laid down for him, and tries to escape from his father's clutches.
I'm currently finishing up a sequel to Evil Genius, which is called Genius Squad.
Actually, I always had a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes, and used to imagine helping him out. But I'm ashamed to say that the two fictional characters I've always longed and longed to meet are two of my own: Pagan Kidrouk and Lord Roland Roucy de Bram, from the Pagan Chronicles. I loved them so much that I wrote four books about them, and they were so real to me that once, I remember, I had the strangest feeling that if I looked around, they'd be sitting in the back of the car. I suppose it's because Pagan was so funny, and Lord Roland was so beautiful and good, that I wanted to meet them.
The thing about writing books is that if you create a really great character, it takes on a life of its own. So it's not as if you own that character: you just happen to know him or her better than anyone else does.
What do you do for relaxation?
1) Watching snow fall outside my study window. (Unfortunately, where I live, that happens only once every two or three years.)
2) Listening to sacred choral music from the late medieval era.
3) Sitting around and listening to someone play the guitar, really well (without singing).
I can also fall into a slightly hypnotic state when I hear someone turning the pages of a book or magazine. Why? Go figure.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Writing for kids tends to be a bit more fun than writing for adults. Although adult books can be more challenging and intellectually engaging, kids' books are much more enjoyable, as a rule.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
If you could be someone else, who would that be, and why?
Actually, I wouldn't want to be someONE else, because being one person is far too boring. I'd like to be a bunch of other people, doing different things: say, a sculptor, AND someone in a rock band, AND a scholar traveling around Europe doing research, AND someone making movies, AND a person living out in the Australian countryside, writing books.
It's a pity that time is so restricting.