An interview with author Luke Temple

Can you reveal a secret about yourself? Something that readers might be surprised to learn?

I didn’t really enjoy reading when I was a child - in fact I didn't read much at all. All those words on the page were really scary.

These days, I’m not the fastest reader in the world, but reading is one of my favourite things to do.

Luke Temple
How old are you?

Have a look at the photo on the right and guess.

Most people get my age completely wrong!


Can you tell us anything about your next book?

At the moment, I have lots of ideas for several different books, and I'm not sure which one I want to write first! One is about a girl called Crikey who accdientally travels to a parallel world when she puts on a smelly old bobble hat. Another is about a boy called Cosmo who can jump into films.

Luke Temple


What inspires you to write?

I get ideas. Lots of them. They’re buzzing round my head right now, banging into each other and forming bigger, brighter ideas. And those ideas hit more ideas and explode like fireworks in my mind. If I’m not careful, too many fireworks will go off at once and my head will explode.

That’s why I have to write - to get those ideas out of my head. The problem is, as soon as I write one idea down, another idea pops into my head. I’m in a never-ending cycle of ideas and there’s no escaping them!

Why do you enjoy visiting schools with your books?Luke Temple

There's nothing I love more than standing in front of a room full of 300 children!

The best part of my job is meeting children in schools and bringing the world of writing to life with them using action-packed drama, audience participation, silly dances and laugh-out-loud fun. It's amazing that my school visits can help inspire children to read and write.


If you weren't an author what job would you like to have?

I’d probably be a teacher. They’re lovely people. Really.

How long do your books take you to write?

My record for the fastest time writing a book is 1 month! It usually takes about a year, though. Out of that time, I spend about 6 months writing the first draft, then another 6 months editing it.

Editing is my favourite part of writing. When I read through my first draft I think it is rubbish. By editing it and changing the bits I don't like, I am able to turn it into a book I love!

Luke drawn by year 2s

What advice would you give to young writers?



Luke Temple

Who is your favourite character from your books? I love writing about my main characters, Becky, Felix and Albert. I would really like to be as adventurous as them!

Favourite books (now): The Book Thief by Markus Zusack; The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

Favourite books (as a child): As I said above, I hardly read a thing! I did listen to a lot of books being read to me, and my favourite authors to listen to were Enid Blyton, David Almond and Terry ManateePratchett.

Favourite word: Syzygy - because nobody ever guesses how to spell it correctly!

Favourite films: Once, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Favourite musicians: Glen Hansard, The Swell Season, Walk Off The Earth

Favourite animal: Manatee


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