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Original Essays | November 21, 2013 0 comments
When my second novel, The Stud Book, was published, people asked, "Will they send you on a tour?" The phrasing of the question made a tour sound so... Continue »
Joseph DelaneyDescribe your latest project.
The latest in the Last Apprentice series is Wrath of the Bloodeye. In it, Tom Ward must struggle to cope with a temporary new master, as well as face new threats from the dark in the form of water witches and the daughter of the Fiend, Morwena.
I am currently working on the sixth book in the series, as well as writing The Spook's Bestiary, which will take the form of an illustrated encyclopedia and features all the creatures that Tom Ward and the Spook must face.
I was about to go on a book tour of Australia, where I would be on a panel alongside John Flanagan, the author of the Ranger's Apprentice series so my publishers sent me his book.
I read and enjoyed it, and when we met, we got on very well together. Our books are from the same genre, and we also have quite a lot in common.
What was your favorite story as a child?
What do you do for relaxation?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Make a question of your own, then answer it.
Q: What is the strangest ghost story you've ever heard?
A: Last week, I was told the following by a children's bookseller:
She visits a house that is haunted and can tell when the ghost enters the room. Sometimes it stands behind her, and recently she was reading one of the Last Apprentice books and sensed that the ghost was reading it over her shoulder! This has happened more than once. Perhaps the ghost needs some tips from the Spook on how to get to the light?
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Joseph Delaney lives with his family in Lancashire, England, in the middle of boggart territory.