Hey guys, I am so so lucky to be interviewing the fabulous Marcus Sedgewick here today. I will soon be filming a review of his newest release The Ghosts of Heaven for my YouTube channel which will be linked down below for you guys to check out!
Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview!
Your latest book The Ghosts of Heaven is split into four different sections- this is not the first of your novels to be set like this- why do you choose this format?
I wrote one other book, Midwinterblood, in seven parts. There are lots of reasons why I like doing this kind of thing, not least to challenge myself, and my readers’ expectations of how a book ‘should’ be. With GOH it gave me the chance to look across time and wonder about universal themes throughout history.
I noticed this as I have read Midwinterblood too! It really does create a shape to the story, I think! Some parts of TGOH is set in the past and others, in the future. How much research did you do for this and what did you do for this?
There was a lot of research for the 1st, 3rd and 4th parts of the book. The 2nd part (about the witch) mostly drew on things I already was familiar with from previous books. All in all, I spent a long time reading about spirals, archaeology, space travel, linguistics, early 20th century psychiatric hospitals and many other things besides, but I love this – it’s all part of the fun of being a writer.
You must have had great fun researching psychiatric hospitals- that sounds fascinating! Each section is so different so it must have taken on a completely different challenge each time! How do you think you have evolved creatively as a writer?
It would take a book to answer that properly, but in brief, I can see that I have changed over the last two decades and that I have become more self aware of how I’m working, what I’m trying to do. That’s not necessarily a good thing – it can be destructive to be too aware of yourself. Each time I have had serious writer’s block (four times in 20 Years) I might very nearly not have gone on writing, but each time I think I have come out with more to offer on the other side. I hope so.
That’s so interesting, I never knew it was destructive to be too aware of what you’re writing… I will apply that to my own. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
To continue to find new and exciting things to become obsessed enough about to write a new, and exciting (to me) book, when I’ve already written 20 or 30 novels.
It must be hard to find a new inspiration each time. What inspired you to become a writer in the first place?
I was not inspired to become a writer really, not by any one thing, or person, I just felt I had to start to do it.
So it’s not the angels coming down to inspire you. It’s just you. Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring young writers?
Yes: Enjoy it. Don’t judge yourself. Judge yourself. Take it seriously. Have fun with it.
Thank you so much again to Marcus Sedgewick for agreeing to this interview even though he is incredibly busy. I am so blessed.