Glenda Millard - Interview (July 2017)
What five words best describe you?
A very kind-hearted lady (can that count as five?)
What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?
It was at school and I liked words better than numbers.
If you could invite one author, dead or alive to dinner who would it be?
David Almond - A British writer whose work I admire enormously. I have seen him in a Skype session at a school. I sneaked in and sat in the back row. He seems like a really nice person, so if he came to dinner I don’t think I’d be too afraid to speak to him.
Is there any part of the creative process you don't like?
Beginning - it’s a little scary when you are a Panster (see question 5)
Are you a plotter or a panster? (Plotter =Plotting out your manuscript before you write it. / Panster = Putting pen to paper and plotting as you go along)
Without doubt a Panster.
What excites you about the future of children's books?
Authors and illustrators are becoming braver, more adventurous, about what they write and draw and adults are becoming braver about admitting to enjoying children’s books!
What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you during one of your presentations/talks?
This isn’t the funniest, but it’s the most moving and memorable thing that a child has ever said to me during a presentation. I had asked a large group of very young children what is reqired to make a seed grow. They gave me all the correct responses, soil, sun and rain and I moved on. Shortly afterwards I noticed a small boy with his hand still raised. Thinking he had a question, I asked him if he would mind waiting until the end of the session when I would respond. In due course, when I asked this little fellow what his question was, he replied that he didn’t have a question but he knew something else that was needed when growing seeds.
‘And what is that?’ I asked him. With all the wisdom of a true gardener he answered,
What's next from Glenda Millard?
A lovely, lovely picture book illustrated by the famous and absolutely wonderful Mr Stephen Michael King. We don’t have a title for it yet and I’m not sure about publication date, but it will be later this year.