Saturday, 23 January 2010

Interview with Maggi Gibson!

If you could be any character in your books, who would you choose to be and why?
I think I'd like to be Cordelia. I'm already pretty much like Sassy - at least I was when I was thirteen. But Cordelia's so mysterious and so creative. I'd love to be able to dress like her. And some magic powers would come in handy!

How did you come up with the idea for your first book, Seriously Sassy?
I wanted to write about a really feisty girl who cared about things, but who was also a lot of fun. I like to think I was a bit like that when I was a teenager. The plot ideas came once I got the idea for that character and her friends. I remember so clearly how confusing and difficult the whole boyfriend thing was for me when I was that age I wanted to make that part of the story. I kind of stole ideas from my own life, and from things that happened to my two daughters.

 What is your favourite kind of music? 
I love music I can dance to. Sometimes I just dance crazily round my little flat cos I spend so much time sitting at my desk! I also like songs with stories to them best. There's a band from Scotland called CAMERA OBSCURA that I like. And I've recently got into FLORENCE +THE MACHINE.

 Were your characters based on anyone you know? 
Ooops! I think I answered that one already. Sassy is kind of like a mix between me and my daughter, Hazel. Taslima is based a bit on my daughter, Keira, who's quiet and calm and a really good friend to have around. Cordelia is the person I would LOVE to be. Pip is based on Hazel when she was 8 or 9 and an absolute hoot. Brewster, the dog, is based on my lovely old dog, Bramble, who's sadly passed away now. And Lovelace, the PE teacher, is based on a HORRID PE teacher I had at school.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I'd love to go to Peru and visit Machu Picchu. I love visiting places where there are ruins from thousands of years ago. My daughter's going to Peru in April and it sounds like it will be a great adventure.

How did you become an author, and do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
I started writing poetry when my kids were quite small. I didn't have time to write anything longer! Then I just kept writing more and more and poems and things started to get published. It was a short step from there to writing the SERIOUSLY SASSY series.
Tips for aspiring authors: Read lots and lots of books. Have fun trying to write different kinds of stories. Remember not all stories work out, so don't worry if you don't finish everything you start. All writers bin lots of stuff before they get something that really works.

 When does your third book Crazy Days come out, and could you tell us more about it? 
CRAZY DAYS comes out in JULY 2010. WOOP! It starts just after the Wiccaman Festival, when Sassy's life starts to become increasingly complicated - on the music, the boyfriend and the friends front. Poor Sassy! Nothing ever seems to go straightforward for her. I don't want to say anything else, in case I spoil it...

 Last question...what did you think of the poll results I sent you?
I think it's great you did the poll. I always have a huge problem with finding the right title. There are so many things you COULD choose and it's hard to decide on one. So It's helpful to see what other people think. But CRAZY DAYS suits the story in the next book. So I'm happy with it now.

 Thanks very much for letting me interview you! 
Thank you Amber.
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  1. Congratulations! You won an award at

  2. Great interview - I really enjoyed reading it. (And I love the books!)

  3. Hey Amber! You're blogspot is super-cool. Thanks a zillion for interviewing me. :o) Maggi x

  4. Oops. Should have been 'your'! Sorry about that. :o/ Maggi x


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