If you like to laugh, or you're just keen to find someone whose life is way worse than yours, you'll love Andy Flegg, and Mark Pardoe.
Author of The Andy Flegg Survival Guide To Losing Your Dog, Your Dad And Your Dignity In 138 Days, Mark will be running primary school workshops for heARTlines this year, and we're thrilled to have him.
Below Mark answers our Four Fab Festival questions...
1: What books will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?
I will be talking about Not Bog Standard & other peculiar stories and also The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to losing your dog, your dad and your dignity in 138 days.
2: Where did inspiration for these books come from?
For the short stories in Not Bog Standard, many of the ideas originated from things that I imagined or actually happened to me as a kid.
As for The Andy Flegg Survival Guide, much of this was a bit random. But the seed for the book was my memory of someone stealing garden gnomes in my street when I was a kid – this happens to Andy too.
3: What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?
Don’t get it right, get it written! All great books start with one word, so just dive in and give it a go. And don’t be too upset if you think your first draft is rubbish because they always are - that’s what revising is for.
4: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Today I had a small bowl of yoghurt and fruit - just like I did yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. No, I am not a health nut. I just want to fit into my clothes again after behaving like a gluttonous pig over the summer.
You can learn more about Mark and buy his books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.
The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about workshops soon...watch this space.