Happy Monday, guys!
(Or more commonly known in my household: HAPPY PIE WEEK! Because god knows, we will be eating a lot this week.)
Today, we're featuring an interview with Will Mabbitt, author of the delightfully hilarious Mabel Jones series! Read on for his thoughts about writing Mabel, how to write a series + win a copy for yourself!
A Q&A with Will Mabbitt:
Author of Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book
October 2016, Viking BFYR
Will, it’s an honor to have you on the blog again! We’re delighted that another Mabel Jones book has joined the world, with hopefully many more come.
(Seriously. I rarely keep ARCs, but yours are all going on a special Will Mabbitt corner of my future library.)
1) So first things first, tell us about Mabel! For those who haven’t read the book, where and how do we catch up with her? It’s been two books of sacrifices and adventures. What is she up to now?
2) I know you’ve spoken about this before in some previous interviews, but do you think you can talk a little more about how you crafted the visual styles of the books in your head? I gifted one of your books to a reluctant reader, who stated that they liked the book, because it’s very visual. They don’t have to worry about reading “blocks of text”, and they feel like they’re experiencing everything alongside Mabel.
So what was your process in creating the books? Did you follow a specific process? Was this something that needed to be discussed with your editor/illustrator, or was it more organic?
(Hah! HI MANDY!)
3) One of the primary reasons I adore Mabel as a character, is because she gets to genuinely be a kid – e.g. her zest for nose picking – even in the space of some truly challenging situations, including where she found herself in …The Forbidden City. Do you have any specific inspirations for writing Mabel’s personality and approach toward life?
4) I’ve heard writers say before that it’s both a blessing and a challenge to write a series, since you have the capacity to explore characters in-depth, but you also need to make sure that you tell a story arc that can see its way through several books. Have you experienced any challenges while drafting? If so, what were some ways you addressed them?
5) And finally, what’s next for you?
Published October 4th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
WHERE HAVE ALL THE HOOMANS GONE?
Trapped in the Noo World, Mabel Jones is determined to make the most of her time in this strange future run by animals. Her next mission: find the Doomsday Book, a guidebook used to wipe out humanity. If Mabel can find out what happened to her species, there’s a chance she can prevent its extinction. But an elusive creature known as Von Klaar is also after the book…and her intentions reek of malice.
Join Mabel and her crewmates as they race Von Klaar to the sacred city of Otom. Hoomankind depends on it!
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