Neil Arksey

Neil is the author of MacB, Brooksie and As Good As Dead In Downtown.

Q: If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
A: I would be Edward from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe because the White Witch seduces him with Turkish Delight and Hot Chocolate.

Q: If you could invite any author to tea, who would it be and why?
A: It would be Michael Bond, author of the Paddington Bear books. I grew up reading Paddington and I still love the character. I have the same agent as Michael but I have never met him. So it would be great to have him round for a cuppa and some marmalade sandwiches.

Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A: Reading allows you to get inside someone else’s head. Books can let you see and feel what it’s like to be another person. A good book grips your imagination, sucks you in and keeps you wanting more. You’re dying to get to the end and find out what happens, but at the same time you’re so enjoying the read, you don’t want it to end.

Q: And finally…tell us about your Monster Read: what book would you most like to share with the world?
A: Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer. It’s a picture book. I read it a thousand times learning to read. Helen Palmer is the wife of Dr Seuss.

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