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Me, My Brother and the Monster Meltdown by Rob Lloyd Jones

Me, My Brother and the Monster Meltdown by Rob Lloyd Jones

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Today I am on the Blog Tour for Me, My Brother, and the Monster Meltdown and I am here with an interview with the author for you all.

Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.

Title: Me, My Brother, and the Monster Meltdown
Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 7th July 2022
Source: N/A
Summary: All the adults are freaking out. Giant monsters are smashing up supermarkets across the country. The army can’t stop them and the prime minister is hiding in panic. A colossal six-headed gingerbread man, a massive emoji poo, a gigantic bouncing bum… Top scientists have no idea where they come from – or why they seem to hate supermarkets so much. But nine-year-old Otis has an idea. The creatures are exactly the same as drawings by his five-year-old brother, Jago: what if Jago brought his crazy creations to life with a magic pen? But their parents won’t listen, so it’s up to Otis and his pals to sort this monster mess out!

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Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I love how stories develop in ways you don’t expect, as you write. Sometimes I sit down to work thinking I know exactly what will happen in the chapter I’m writing. But as I get going, the characters act in ways I didn’t expect, or say things that genuinely surprise me. It feels like a form of magic, as if these characters are coming alive. When that happens – and it’s not all the time for me – I know I’m doing well.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Well, the main characters of Me, My Brother and the Monster Meltdown are based on my sons Otis and Jago, so I feel bad picking a favourite. They’re both fun and funny and cheeky and a little bit rude – I love them both!

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?

I drink too much coffee, but I would say oat chocolate milk is my fave. I drink too much of that, too.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
So many!! I get easily distracted, especially if the writing isn’t going well that day, so spend far too much time on YouTube or Instagram etc. In my dream world I would work somewhere with no internet, but to be honest being that detached freaks me out a little. So I’ve sort of made my peace with the distractions – as long as I ALSO do some work, I feel okay about it.

How did you research your book?
Me my Bother and the Monster Meltdown didn’t actually need much research – it’s all so over the top and silly, we didn’t think the story had to be rooted in reality. In fact, the less real it felt the better – we wanted it to just go wherever the story wanted, no matter how strange. It just had to be fun and funny, those were the only two rules.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Usually a plotter! I often spend far too long plotting a story before doing any writing. But Me my Bother and the Monster Meltdown was different. I wrote it with my sons, and we came up with the story as we went along, no plotting whatsoever. It was the most fun I’ve ever had writing, and I think that shows.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Good question! I would go back to Charles Dickens’ London, especially from Great Expectations. Even though he was writing about his own times, his version of London was exaggerated one, so a fictional world of sorts. A day spent wandering among it would be fascinating, funny, grubby, moving, and at times quite scary… I think I’d be happy to be back home by the end of it, though.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Another great question! There’s only one answer for me – Tintin. I ADORED the Tintin books when I was young. The adventure, the comedy, and Tintin’s courage and curiosity… He was a huge inspiration for my character Jake Atlas in that series.

About the Author

Rob Lloyd Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed middle-grade novels Wild Boy and Wild Boy and the Black Terror, as well as the Jake Atlas adventure series.
Created with his sons, Otis (9) and Jago (5), during home-schooling, Me, My Brother and the Monster Meltdown is his first funny fiction for younger readers. In Rob’s words, “it celebrates the power of children’s imaginations and their strength in adversity and adventure…and a monster apocalypse.”
Rob lives in East Sussex with his wife, and monster-mad Otis and Jago.

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