Interview with the Author

An interview with 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 at Short Wood School
How old are you?

Have a look at the photos on the right and guess (I'm the one in the middle...)

Most people get my age completely wrong!


Can you tell us anything about your next book?

I am writing 2 books at the moment.

- One is book 3 in the 'Albert' series (for KS1). This is called Albert and the Underwater Circus

- The other is book 3 in the 'Ghost Island' series (for KS2). It's called The Ghost Lord Returns

I can't wait for all my fans to read both books!Pink!


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?Headteacher Luke

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 wonderful that my school visits inspire so many 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?

I've just written a book in record time - 1 month!! It usually takes about a year and a half, though. Out of that time, I spend about 6 months writing the first draft, then another year 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!


What is the hardest thing about being an author?

Luke Temple SchoolsI find it hard getting all the ideas out of my head and fitting them together to make a good story. It's like doing a 10,000 piece jigsaw!

Because lots of spooky things happen in my books, the characters are often scared. I find it very hard to think of different ways to show how they are scared. It is difficult to avoid clichés like 'He shook like a leaf'...

What advice would you give to young writers?



Luke Temple

Who is your favourite character from Thistlewick Island? 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

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, andmy favourite authors to listen to were Enid Blyton, David Almond and Terry ManateePratchett.

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

Films: Once, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Musicians: Glen Hansard, The Swell Season, Walk Off The Earth

Animal: Manatee


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