I am so SO INCREDIBLY EXTRAORDINARILY EXCITED for this interview, squidlings! I’m absolutely thrilled to have a Q&A with Derek Landy, who is just — incredible. His Skulduggery Pleasant books are phenomenal (and hilarious) and his newest book, Demon Road, is the BEST thing of ever. If you haven’t seen my 5-star flailing review, I don’t even know what you’re doing with your life. Go read it. Then go read the book.
Actually, you should totally read this post AS WELL, because a) awesome interview coming up, and b) giveaway and c) you don’t ever want to miss a post from me because I, too, am fabulous.
Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Red House Children’s Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, or that his third, The Faceless Ones, is his mother’s personal favourite.
He lives in Ireland with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his kitchen floor because they think it’s funny.
How long did it take Demon Road to change from inkling of first idea to published novel? And did it go through any ginormous changes?
DEREK: I first got the idea a few years ago, that of a girl being hunted by her own parents. Since then it’s gone through some pretty massive changes. Going the horror route, turning the parents into demons, taking it all on the road instead of focused in one small town — these were all elements that altered the whole feel of the book before I’d even started writing it…
Since Demon Road features Amber on a monster-filled, parents-want-to-kill-her, horror, road trip — can you tell us how long you think you’d survive if you went along for the ride?
DEREK: As a horror fan, I’ve thought about this kind of thing a LOT. I mean, who hasn’t estimated how long they’d survive a zombie apocalypse? Because Demon Road is a love letter to horror, and because it’s about horror, I reckon I’d survive for a fairly long time before being killed off in a suitably heroic fashion. Or possibly when I’m on the toilet. Y’know, whatever.
I definitely estimate my zombie apocalypse survival all the time. I think I’d die in Demon Road though. Probably on page 2. RIP me. Which was your favourite creeptastic town and monster to write about?
DEREK: I loved writing Dacre Shanks, my serial killer, as it allowed me to tap into the inherent creepiness found in all good doll houses.
I can never look at dollhouses the same way. NOBODY GO NEAR A DOLLHOUSE EVER. Ahem. Your witty banter is absolutely hysterically good (obviously your characters are heavily influenced by your own fabulousness) but whose banter did you enjoy writing the most?
DEREK: Glen was the most fun. Originally he wasn’t going to be in the book at all, but I quickly realized that my two main characters were pretty private, taciturn people, and they needed someone chatty to bring them out of their shells. Glen provided me the opportunity to do this, and to indulge in my favourite pastime — writing long passages consisting almost entirely of punchlines…!
Thank goodness Glen exists. HE IS THE BEST. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
DEREK: Write what you know. At the time I thought it was terrible advice, and so very limiting. But I’ve since decided that it doesn’t mean you can only write about people just like you. You can write about anyone, anywhere, doing anything, and as long as you pepper the story with genuine slices of honesty then you’ll connect with the reader.
Oh wow, I never thought of that advice like that. I LOVE IT. And lastly! Has any chocolate been harmed in the making of your books?
DEREK: No chocolate was harmed. Wine Gums, however, were ruthlessly devoured.
Thanks so much for the Q&A, Derek! It’s been a blast and I’m so so gargantuanly excited that I got to interview you!
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO HARPER COLLINS AUS FOR COORDINATING THIS INTERVIEW!
The mind-blowing new supernatural thriller from bestselling author DEREK LANDY, creator of international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant.
Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor-sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in… Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
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