Author Chat with Thomas Taylor (Gargantis), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Read on for more about Thomas and his book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Thomas Taylor!
Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children whose debut novel, Malamander, kicked off this mystery series. He illustrated the cover for the original British edition of the first Harry Potter book and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young adult novels, including the graphic novel Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick. Thomas Taylor lives on the south coast of England.
About the Illustrator:
Tom Booth makes marks. He makes marks in books like this one, and he sometimes makes marks that move. Some of his marks — like those in Don't Blink! and This Is Christmas — have been given stars. Raised just outside Philadelphia, Tom Booth made his earliest marks on his parents’ antique table. He thinks the table looks better now. His parents aren't so sure. He lives in Brooklyn.
In the second fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea, Herbert and Violet team up to solve the mystery of the Gargantis — an ancient creature of the deep with the power to create life-threatening storms.
There's a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone!
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Moving to a seaside town, and discovering what life is like there in the winter once the tourist season is over. When the bright lights and attractions are shut down, and the weather's turned bad, that funny local legend about a monster that seemed so laughable in the summer is suddenly a lot less of a joke, especially as you head home across the darkening beach and hear a strange sound behind you. Such places seem the perfect backdrops for mystery, not least because the ocean could be hiding almost anything!
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Herbert Lemon -- Herbie to his friends -- is probably my favourite, and he is the most like me. He also gets to provide all the humour in the stories. However, I do like Violet as well, even though she is more of a challenge to write. Mrs Fossil is a lot of fun too.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The story came first, but the title was a gift that popped into my head very early. I needed a name for a monster that sounded like it could be a legend from the real world. I decided to take a real-world animal, and change just one letter. I thought of the word 'salamander' and 'Malamander' jumped at me almost immediately. I really liked it because 'Mal' means 'bad' in French and Spanish, and so 'Malamander' has a really monstrous ring to it.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
M&Ms feature pretty highly on my list, to the point where I have to force myself to never buy them! When I lived in France, I used to dip madeleines in strong black coffee to fuel my writing. Now I live in England I do the same with Custard Creams. I also like Sherbet Lemons and Parma Violets -- the traditional British candy I named my main characters after.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
It's really important to find stamina as a writer, and to see things through to the end. The world is full of half-finished novels on hardrives, and we don't need any more.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
I'm currently reading The Orphan's of the Tide by Struan Murray, which is brilliant. Also there is The Good Thieves by Katharine Rundell, The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinsky, and The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot. But these are just the titles near the top! It's a big pile and I read slowly.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I'm about to start work revising and editing the third book in the Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series, called 'Shadowghast'. I'm also working on some new fiction ideas and illustrations, since I have a little more time on my hands than expected due to the pandemic.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I like both in different ways, but I think revising is probably the most satisfying. This is when the rough clay of the novel is really worked up and finished. I'm a perfectionist, and I find it hard to write the first draft and keep moving forward without polishing as I go.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can talk to animals. I speak to them, and then supply the answers. They often look bemused, but I'm doing them a favour.
By: Thomas Taylor
Publisher: Walker Books US
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
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I really like the cover of the book. I like the colors in it. The cover and synopsis make it sound like the book is really adventurous and a good mystery.