Interview With Author Hilary McKay!

04 June 2012

I am very honoured to introduce to you the author of many amazing books, and the Casson Family Series Hilary McKay!
I adore The Casson Family Series and I have read them numerous times so I was elated when Hilary agreed to let me interview her.
For those of you who have not read her books; you need to. Now! She writes amazingly and when you read. You can just imagine the actual character talking to you.
They're amazing!
Onto the questions now!
I hope you enjoy!

Hi Hilary!

Hi Jasmine, here you go!

Welcome to EbonyBlackLines, could you tell us a bit more about yourself and your books?

I live in a little village on the edge of the English peak district, with my family (two children, one husband, one cat, need a dog) and over the years I have written a quite large range of stories- from picture books texts, to school stories, to books for older readers, such as the Casson books. Short stories too, now and then. Mostly 'real life' but occasionally fantasy.

When did you decide that you wanted to become an author?

A long time ago- it must be twenty years ago now, I was between jobs and living in the middle of nowhere and a friend happened to remark, 'You can write letters, so I should think you could write books.' So I thought I would see if she was right, and to a certain extent, in a limited kind of a way, she more or less was.

What challenges did you overcome to see your writing in print and can you tell us about the publishing process?

Very few challenges. I was incredibly lucky to meet a wonderful editor at the very beginning. Chris Kloet, then at Victor Gollancz. She made everything possible.
The publishing process! You are asking the wrong person here! It's a mystery to me.

How did you feel when you found out that your first book was going to be published?

Well, you know. " Oh good." That sort of feeling.

What gave you the inspiration for The Casson Family series?

I had a dream! I really did. An Italian garden and a little stone angel with chalked letters on the base. The rest came from there.

Are there any authors who you used to read a lot of when you were young?

Yes, dozens. I was a great reader, completely addicted from a very young age. Joan Aiken is the first name that comes to mind.

Can you share any tips or advice for us budding writers?

Read as wide a range as you can. Listen to the way people talk and their speech patterns. Keep a diary or a notebook. Write letters. Become comfortable with your medium.

Could you write a title or first line that we could make into a story?

The world was balanced, like a spinning plate, and they stood on the rim and faced a drop so infinitely blue that to fall would have been to fly.

What genre of book do you enjoy the most?

Non fiction (at the moment, but not for ever).

Do you write even when you're on holiday?

Only when the need is dire.

Quick Fire Questions:

Saffron Or Rose? Caddy!
Books Or E-Books? Books
Reading or Writing? Reading
Dogs or Cats? Both
Books Shops Or Library's? No, no, no! That's not a choice- it's a threat!

Thank you so much!

You can also purchase the prequel to The Casson Family Series at most book shops.
Caddy's World.

Thank you for reading. :)
I hope you enjoy my interviews.
Just to let you know I have another interview coming soon with AN AMAZING AUTHOR!
Shall I tell you?
Lol I will...

(author of the Threads series and The Look.)

Au Revoir!!

Don't Forget To Smile!! :D xxx


  1. Great interview Jasmine! And can't wait for Sophia Bennet's interview :)
    xoxo, Mariam

  2. Omigod, Hilary McKay is my favourite author! Fab, fab post :) xx

  3. Great interview! Her books sound lovely! :D

  4. Great guest post!

    I've made a blog button-it's on my blog-but I'd still like to see the one your making for me (I bet its better than the one I made!)



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