Here at Peters, we’re pretty big fans of Frank Cottrell-Boyce, so much so that even our showroom is currently dedicated to his book, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth. We recently caught up with Frank to talk all about his amazing work, as well as what his inspirations are and what he hopes to achieve in the future.
1. What first inspired you to start writing?
I had a great year six teacher – a nun called Sr. Paul. She read out something I’d written. There was something amazing and magical about hearing my words in someone else’s mouth. Something clicked. It made me realise that words didn’t just fall out of you. That if you picked the right ones they could have an effect – make people laugh, make them think, make them cry – even if you’re not speaking them. I realised that words were something you could play with – like colour or a football.
2. As a prolific writer of all manner of TV programmes, films, novels, oh and Olympic ceremonies, what would you say is your favourite kind of writing to focus on?
Children’s books. No question. The books I read when I was 10-13 made me. That’s the debt I want to repay. That’s the chemistry set I want to play with.
3. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is all about friendship and family, in all their forms. Can you tell us a little bit about why you decided to write about this topic?
I’m not sure I decided! Sputnik just jumped into my car as a fully formed idea when I was driving my daughter along the Formby bypass. I guess to make an idea grow you have to feed it with the things that are most important to you. Family fun and friendship are the most important things in my life.
4. If you were an alien, what would you be like? Would you have special fast-forwarding powers and have the ability to disguise yourself as a dog, like Sputnik?
I love all of Sputnik’s powers but his ability to manipulate gravity and surf gravity waves is how I really see my own future going.
5. What is your favourite book, and what are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading an amazing book called The Restless Clock which is all about the history of robots and clockwork people. I’m especially thrilled to discover that there were clockwork people right the way back in the Middle Ages.
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