Last month I was interviewed by Martyn Drake, the guy who runs the Friends of English Magic website. He set it up after reading Susanna Clarke's wonderful book "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell", and realising that there was no website for her books.
Martyn is a very proactive man, and spends a lot of his time on projects such as this. Through his dealings with Susanna, he made contact with Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, who were the screen-writers for the film adaptation for Neil Gaiman's "Stardust". He's interviewed them, and you can see all about this on his Friends of English Magic website. Jane Goldman, apart from being a successful writer and TV presenter, is also famous for being married to Jonathan Ross.
I've bought Susanna Clarke's book and it's sitting waiting for me to read it, but when I'm writing myself I can't and don't want to read anything else in case it interferes or influences me in my own writing. But two of my sons have read "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" and they say it's brilliant. I wonder if Susanna would like Stonewylde?
I was delighted when Martyn read all three Stonewylde books and loved them. We exchanged e-mails for a while and then he suggested the film interview. This took place in my home in October, the day after he returned from a trip to the Far East. He's now edited the interview into three short films, which he's put up on YouTube and I've put onto my website.
Martyn had prepared a whole barrage of questions about Stonewylde, my inspiration and writing process, the characters and plot, and the future. He'd been aided and abetted in compiling the questions by members of the Stonewylde Forum, whom he'd invited to contribute to the pre-interview process.
I really enjoyed the interview as there's nothing I like more than talking about Stonewylde! It was tricky though because I didn't want to give away too much of the story in case the films were seen by people who hadn't yet read the books. But Martyn was great, and he's produced a really professional trilogy of films which you can now watch. Any comments welcome please! And I realise now I mustn't keep saying "um"! Nor pulling such silly faces!
You can visit Martyn's Friends of English Magic website at www.foem.org.uk