5 minutes with…. Ross Montgomery
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Ross Montgomery: A writer! Or a puffin.
BCLF: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
RM: “Stop writing for the day when it’s good, because if you don’t you’ll keep writing until it’s bad, and then you’ll just be in a bad mood all evening.”
BCLF: And the worst?
RM: “Don’t read while you’re writing, because you’ll end up writing like the book you’re reading.”
BCLF: My favourite word is...
RM: Gastarbeiter! The German word for “guest worker”. I could say it all day, and I probably have once or twice.
RM: …having weird thumbs.
BCLF: Favourite book as a child?
RM: It would be a no-holds barred fight between Horrible Histories, The Twits by Roald Dahl, and Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson!
BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?
RM: I’m not sure that Mrs Coulter (from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy) can be improved upon.
BCLF: Tell us a joke.
RM: A sandwich, a pork pie and a sausage roll walk into a bar. The barman says, “Sorry, we don’t serve food.”