About Ed Wicke

* What is your most famous book?
- In England, that would have to be 'Wicked Tales'.  
In the USA it’s 'The Muselings'.

* What is your favourite book by any author?
- 'To kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

* At what age did you start writing?
- At 1 year old, but that was only scribbles!  I did try writing bits of a book when I was
19 – a US politics version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’!  

* Who is your favourite author?
-  I like soooo many.  C S Lewis, J R R Tolkein, Lewis Carroll, Joan Aiken are high up there (with Roald Dahl
following a little behind, and I'm afraid I'm only a lukewarm fan of Harry Potter or the Dark Materials books).  
And as for adult book writers, too many to list but I've recently read books by Chesterton, Dickens, Forrester,
Patrick O'Brian, Graham Green, Maxim Gorky, Constantin Paustovsky (last two are Russian writers) and of course
Raymond Chandler (American crime writer from the 1930s-60s).

* When was your first book published?
- ‘The Muselings’ came out in 1990.  I released a new edition of it in 2012.

* How many books have you written in total?
- Number 15 was published in 2014: ‘The Unicorn, the Princess and the Boy’

* Are you writing a book at the moment?
- I’m writing several... I tend to start them & then leave them for a while.  There’s a follow up to the Akayzia
Adams series... one about a family of mice that live beneath the floorboards... one about a boy who keeps
dreaming about a world of animals & then finds it isn’t a dream...  and a few others!

* Which football team do you support?!?
- Liverpool of course!  They were tops when my children were young and we used to have football games in the
garden, pretending to be the Liverpool team players or their relatives.  I was always Ian Rush's grandmother.

* How long does it normally take to write a book?
- About a year.  I can think of a story outline quickly, but then you have to spend time writing it down... more time
changing it... more time checking that it all makes sense... MORE time making sure the grammar is good and
lastly.... MORE time just making the whole thing flow when you read it.

* How long are most of your books?
- The shortest are about 40,000 words.  The longest (the first Akayzia Adams book) is over 200,000 words.

* What hobbies/pastimes do you have?
- Running, cycling, swimming, writing books.  I also work as a volunteer therapist at a Hospice for people
suffering from cancer.

* How big is your family? Brothers/sisters?
- I have a mother and 4 scary sisters.  I have 1 wife, 3 children and 4 grandchildren! Davy (at 3 years) and Ara (at
4 months) both did snake illustrations for Wicked Tales Two.  Ara's mother had to add a snake eye and two fangs
though!  (And a year later, they did scribbly pictures for Wicked Tales Three as well; a year after that, pictures
for Wicked Tales Four).

*  Where do you come from?
- I was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1954... on Bastille Day (which is why I like to go to France for my birthday!).  
My mother & sisters etc all live in the USA.  I came over to England when I was 14, went to a school here and
then went to Cambridge University where I studied Natural Sciences.  Then I got married, had children and
stayed!

* What is your favourite holiday destination?
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida in the summer (my mother lives there) and Obertauern, Austria in the winter (for
skiing).

* If you were not an author, what job would you have?
- I’m also an accountant / auditor / IT manager, and I like that!

*  Which one of your books is your favourite and why?  Which part of that story is best?
- My favourite is 'Mattie and the Highwaymen'. I once taught in the building that used to be the Andover
Workhouse, and it has an eerie feel to it, so I HAD to write about it.  I think Mattie is my most visual & evocative
book.  But of course I like all my books, for different reasons.

*  Why do you like writing books?
- Firstly, I like making up stories: I enjoy taking a tiny idea and making it grow bit by bit into something
interesting.  Second, I like entertaining people: I like my readers to laugh, cry, feel and think.  I also hope my
books have some important ideas for the readers to think about.  Even my craziest stories have a serious side -
but I think life's like that: it's fun and serious at the same time.

* What is your favourite step in writing books?
- The start!  I have ten or twenty beginnings of books in my head or on my computer... and I would have a lot
more, but I have to stop myself from imagining them.  

*  Why did you decide  to become an author?
- I used to tell my children stories every night.  One night, the story went on too long & I had to continue the next
night... and the next etc... and then my children told me to write it down, so I did that & sent it to publishers.  
That's how 'The Muselings' got started.

*  Did you enjoy writing stories when you were younger?
- No!  I hated writing things by hand!

*  How many schools have you visited?
- Well over a three hundred now - including some in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Florida.

*  What is your favourite car?
- We had a cute little Hillman Imp when we got married about 30 years ago.  It usually broke down halfway up
the motorway to London, but we loved it.