There’s more than meets the eye with Steven Butler
Q: What’s your favourite thing about Sea-ing is Believing?
A: I’ve always been fascinated by marine life and I loved the idea of setting book three in a magical coral reef at the bottom of the sea. Sometimes deep-sea creatures are far stranger than anything you could invent. Have a look at Anglerfish and Oarfish… they’re SO WEIRD!!
Q: What’s the inspiration behind the series?
A: I have always loved books about magic hiding in plain sight and the Nothing To See Here Hotel was my chance to contribute to that genre. I don’t think there was any one inspiration for the series, but my love of magic and comedy and adventure all played a part in it.
Q: If you could have a magical power, what would it be and why?
A: I’d want to be like Maudlin Maloney and be a master of charms and hexes. I’d also like her chicken-powered caravan as well. I could fly off on adventures in it.
Q: What would be your dream pet monster and what would you call it?
A: I really love Frankie’s pet pygmy soot-dragon, Hoggit, from the books. I think I’d steal him. Steven Lenton’s illustrations of the little creature are really lovely and he always has pride of place on the front cover of the books.
Q: Will there be another ‘Nothing to See Here Hotel’ book and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
A: Yes! Book four is in the making as we speak. I can’t give too much away, but I can say it’s the first time we leave the hotel entirely and go to a completely new location. I can also tell you that you might just get to meet Prince Grogbah’s mum, Queen Latrina!
Q: Any advice for your writers on writing funny books?
A: I have two rules when it comes to writing funny books. Number one is “BE UNPREDICATABLE!” and number two is only use jokes you find funny yourself. If a gag or storyline doesn’t make me chuckle as I’m typing away, it doesn’t go in the book.