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Authors on the spot: Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson is the author of the young James Bond novels which tell the story of the world's most famous spy as a teenage schoolboy.

SilverFin came first, followed by Blood Fever. There are three more to come in the series.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I wish I could remember. I used to read a lot of myths and legends.

Also Tintin, Asterix and some very funny books about a mad inventor called Professor Branestawm.

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I've always loved writing. I wrote my first book when I was 13.

I used to write books when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I love creating things, and writing is the best way to do it - you can make up anything you like - whole worlds even.

Any tips for kids who want to get started as an aspiring author?
Write, write, write and then write some more. There's nothing else to it.

The more you write the better you'll get and the less self-conscious you'll be about your work.

What makes books so special?
You can lose yourself in another world, and be taken right out of your own life and into someone else's.

They're also useful for propping up wonky furniture.

How do you get your inspiration for your writing?
I read. I always write the type of books that I like to read. I love adventure stories and thrillers.

When I was a boy I remember going to bed at night and imagining great long stories in my head, with myself as the hero, of course. Sometimes the stories would go on for weeks.