Today I am on the Blog Tour for Spellstoppers 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: Spellstoppers Author: Cat Gray Publisher: Usborne Published: 7th July 2022 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: Welcome to Yowling – a secretive seaside village where magic is just one step away…
Max has spent years thinking he is cursed, because whenever he touches anything electrical it explodes. But then he is sent to Yowling and discovers he is a Spellstopper, someone with the rare ability to drain dangerous build-ups of magic and fix misbehaving enchanted items.
When Max’s Grandad is kidnapped by the cruel Keeper of the malfunctioning magical castle that floats in the bay, only Max’s gift can save him. Together with his new friend Kit, Max throws himself into an adventure filled with villainous owls, psychic ice cream and man-eating goldfish. But can he really pull off the biggest spellstop ever?
What is your favourite thing about writing books? My favourite thing has to be that feeling of creating a completely different world. It’s so amazing when an idea that only existed in your head gets transformed into something that other people can experience too. It’s like magic.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? It’s difficult to say, but probably Bram, who is the main character’s grandfather. He had a very strong personality from the start and he was the first character from Spellstoppers that came into my head, and the only one who survived from my very early initial idea of Spellstoppers. I remember I sketched out a paragraph almost a decade ago, and Bram is still exactly as I pictured him then, although everything else has changed.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? Tea. I drink worrisome amounts of it, actually.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Aside from the copious tea drinking? Well, I procrastinate terribly, which definitely causes unnecessary stress. I also hate sitting at a desk unless I’m really into a story, so I’ll usually write at the kitchen table, or in a café, or on the sofa.
How did you research your book? I didn’t have to do vast amounts of research because it was a fantasy novel and I made a lot of it up. But I did have a lot of fun going through auction catalogues to identify antiques that might make good misbehaving magical objects. That was how I found the stuffed weasel and the toy cannon. I also wrote a feature on divining (my day job is journalism) as I wanted to find out more about ley lines and speak to some experts about how they worked. It’s a really fascinating subject.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I think I’m a mixture. I usually write a one-page summary before I start writing, which details the major plot points of the story, as without that I’d be completely lost. But that’s typically as far as I’ll go – I enjoy discovering more about the story as I’m writing it, and a lot of the minor characters and plot twists appear as I’m writing the first draft.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? Probably Narnia. I love animals, so the fact that they could talk would make me extremely happy. I also feel like CS Lewis made such an effort to build a properly big world with Narnia and the surrounding countries that you could travel about in it for the rest of your life and never get bored.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Well, if I was living in Narnia, I’d like to befriend Aslan, because you would definitely want to be on the right side of Aslan if you were living there. Human-wise, I think Lucy Pevensie would make an excellent friend – she’s loyal, kind and always seems to find her way into adventures.
About the Author
Cat Gray is an author and journalist, based in London and Ireland. She started her journalism career at the age of 19, interviewing musicians and celebrities in between attending classes, then went on to be an editor at a series of glossy magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country.
Since she was very young, she’s always believed that there’s an adventure just around the corner, and this is reflected in her magical fantasy stories. Spellstoppers is her first book.