Happy MMGM, guys!
Today, we're sharing a fabulous interview with Gregory Funaro, the author of Alistair Grim's Odditorium and Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum.
Tom and I loved the first book and are in the process of reading the second one, so are super stoked to share Gregory's thoughts on writing, the difference between writing for adults and young adults, and how his daughter has inspired this series!
A Q&A with Gregory Funaro:
Author of The Odditorium Series
Gregory: Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and talk to us today! I’ve heard a lot about Alistair Grim from fellow readers, so this is very exciting for us.
1) So first things first: a challenge for you! Could you summarize the series for us in ten words or less?
2) You started off your publishing career with The Sculptor, which was suspenseful, adult fiction. What inspired you to expand into middle grade fiction with Alistair Grim? How did the idea first come to you?
As for Odditorium, I actually got the initial idea when I was driving back from the hospital the day after she was born. I didn’t necessarily see it as a children’s book at first (I actually started writing it the following summer). In those early stages, Nigel, Mr. Grim’s right hand man, was going to be the focus of the story. The premise was, what if Frankenstein’s monster (before he was cobbled together) had a daughter, and then they were reunited? That idea rolled around in my head for almost a year, and by the time I started writing Odditorium, the daughter had become Grubb and the story evolved into his journey with Alistair Grim. Nigel and his daughter’s story still exists in the book, but it’s one of the subplots.