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Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament.

Gillian is married with four adult children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase. Her popular Demon Headmaster books have been turned into a play, a musical and a very successful television series.

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How did you end up writing the Demon Headmaster series?

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What kind of writer are you?

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Why did you retell the Iiliad?

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What did you learn about retelling the Iiliad and Homer?

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How does a one off book become a series of books?

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How do you get the right balance between making the narrative scary but appropriate for young readers?

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Do you write about what you know?

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What are the challenges about using a school as a setting for a story?

Does travel influence your writing?

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

Advice for younger writers

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Why did you write Wolf?

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What kind of research do you do for your books?

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What is the difference between a myth and a legend?

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Why do you try and make yourself invisible as the writer?

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How do you plan your writing?

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