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Read our May 2012 interview with Andy Griffiths.
Andy Griffiths' website andygriffiths.com.au
Welcome Andy Griffiths to Creative Kids Tales.
Last month Andy’s 21st book, Just Doomed! was released. Andy kindly took time out from his hectic book promoting schedule to answer some questions we would love to have answered.
After researching the Remarkable Mr Andy Griffiths (sounds like a movie title doesn’t it?) and reading his in-depth FAQ page. I thought ‘What’s left to ask him?’ So I purchased his newly released Andypedia – A guide to everything Andy!
‘The Andypedia is a complete guide to every book, every story and every character in the world of Andy Griffiths’ books. It’s also a complete guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Andy himself – including the answers to questions people are always asking him, like “How old were you when you started writing?” and “How many books have you actually written?” and “Where do you get your ideas from?” and “Did all that stuff really happen to you?” and “Was Danny Pickett really your best friend?” and “Were you really in love with Lisa Mackney?” and “Did your bum really grow arms and legs and run away?’
I wanted to be sure I understood Andy and hadn’t missed anything in my research. So I consulted my teenage son. After all, who better to understand the mind of someone who writes about bums going psycho than a teenager?
Now armed with all the information I needed I just had to figure out how to squeeze them into 6 questions. Answer: ask 8 instead.
But first the intro, here goes…
Andy Griffiths, a former English High School teacher is the National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading. He is also an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Roles he was honoured to receive and ones he would never have contemplated back at his humble beginnings in Melbourne.
Andy has won over 50 children’s choice awards, written over 20 books, even had some of his stories adapted into a television cartoon series. He has sold over five million copies worldwide and for the past 15 years his books have been consistently glued to the New York Times bestseller lists.
Andy is best known as the author of the much-loved Just! series and The Day My Bum Went Psycho. In 2008 Andy became the first Australian author to win six children's choice awards in one year for Just Shocking! smashing his previous record of four awards for The Bad Book in 2005.
If there is anyone in the world or the universe who has not heard of or been touched by Andy’s talents then you just haven’t lived.
Creative Kids Tales is honoured to present to you Mr Andy Griffiths.
Here is CKT's interview with Andy.