C.K. Clark is a UK children’s author who has had a world-wide hit with her latest novel, The Abominable Snowman. Young readers from Barcelona to Beijing can’t get enough of this exciting story which has been at the top of best-selling lists for over a year. C.K. is visiting Hong Kong to promote the soon-to-be released movie version of her hit novel and her publishers have invited four lucky teenagers to meet her and ask questions. Listen to what went on.
John: Hello. My name’s John. Have you seen the film of The Abominable Snowman? I can’t wait to see it but I’m a bit afraid the movie won’t be as good as the book.
C.K: I know what you mean. I have sat through many bad films based on good books. I've only seen bits of The Abominable Snowman, not the whole film. I am very happy with the way they have adapted the book. The director has done a good job. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed when the movie comes out next month.
Peggy: Hi. I’m Peggy. How did you think of the idea for The Abominable Snowman?
C.K: We had a lot of snow last winter in England. A lot of the children who live near me made snowmen in their gardens. One day I was out walking and I saw this scary snowman in someone’s garden. He didn’t look cute and friendly. He was really scary. This gave me the idea for my book.
Tom: I’m Tom. I want to be a writer. What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
C.K: You must keep a notebook and write in it every day. Write down what you see and hear. If you do this, you will soon get an idea for a story.
Carrie: Hello. I’m Carrie. How long did it take you to write The Abominable Snowman?
C.K: Different novels take different amount of times to write. Some are easy and some more difficult. Snowman took me about six months. I wrote three versions of the book before I was satisfied.
John: How did you first get interested in writing?
C.K: I’ve always liked reading and when I was very young, I used to make up stories for my family and friends. When I was a teen and travelled to secondary school on the bus, I made up serial stories to amuse my friends and told them a chapter every day.
Peggy: Did you read a lot of books when you were a teenager and what was your favourite?
C.K:When I was a teenager, my two hobbies were going to the cinema and reading. I read anything with an exciting story. I didn’t like to be bored. But I didn’t have a favourite book when I was in my teens.
Tom: What do you do when you run out of ideas in the middle of writing a book?
C.K: I stop trying to write, have a rest and do something else. Then I come back after a couple of days, and try again. Sometimes, I go on a short trip by bus or train. This always gets my ideas going.
Carrie: Which is the hardest part of a book to write?
C.K: The most important part of a book is the opening chapter, because you have to interest your reader and make him or her want to carry on reading. This is the hardest part of a book to write. Sometimes I write the beginnings of my books ten or twelve times. Some writers think the end of the book is the most difficult to write, but for me it is the start when you have to get the reader interested in the story.