Philip Pullman Interview

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy, answered my questions in 2005.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
The next one because I haven't written it yet.

Which of your characters is most like you?
The Scarecrow (from The Scarecrow and his Servant), I hope.

How do you write your books? Do you plot and plan in detail, or do you develop an idea as you are writing?
I make a plan - then throw it away and write something completely different.

Why do you enjoy writing for children?
Because it's fun.

What advice would you give to young writers to help them improve their stories?
Don't worry about plans. Just write.

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