Hey everyone today I’ve written about the incredible Graham Bebington! Graham writes and tells crazy stories for the purpose of just making kids laugh and have fun, he’s really making a difference in kids’ lives through literature, he believes that all good stories need a “bum” and he’s on a mission to encourage all kids to love reading and writing. Graham also illustrates his own books as well!
I believe Graham is a truly inspirational author because his books are funny and entertaining and he is really making a difference in kids’ lives.
I did message Graham and ask if he would be available to do an interview but he lives is Queensland, which is a little too far from Perth to manage a face to face interview but he amazingly offered to answer my questions via email.
Thank you very much Graham for your time!
These are the Questions that I asked and his responses:
Q: Why do you love making kids laugh and smile so much in your books?
A: If children are able to smile or laugh it enables them to enjoy their experiences. This is really important especially for children who are not confident when they read.
Q: Did you always know you wanted to be an author?
A: Definitely not! Writing is something that compliments my profession as a Teacher Librarian. When children come into my library, I want them to see that anybody, but especially teachers also love to be creative and we can also write books. So I guess it’s important to practice what we preach.
Q: What has been your favorite part about doing workshops?
A: I live to see children excited about reading and realising that everyone can achieve their dreams. I speak about how I struggled as a child to read and write and I think that a lot of children resonate with this, because so many children struggle with literacy, but they just don’t like to admit it or they might feel embarrassed because they are not great readers. I let them know that this is okay, but practice does make perfect.
Q: You do a lot of workshops, I bet you’ve had lots of funny or embarrassing moments; can you share one with us?
A: I went to a school few weeks ago and they had no idea I was coming. When they realised they had made the mistake and forgot to add it on their calendar, the entire school timetable was quickly adjusted and I had a great day there. It is also funny when kids fart in the audience. This happens quite often.
Q: Which character in your books do you feel that you connected the most with and had the most fun creating?
A: Definitely Fred Do-it. He is a little selfish (like most of us) but he realises that this is not going to help him much. He also dresses weird. I used to wear weird stuff as well in my younger days.
Q: Do you base your characters off people you meet or do you create them yourself?
A: Probably a little of both. But I guess that bumpires are imaginary and Princess Stinkalot is everything that a princess should not be. So I guess I do make characters up.
Q: Where did the inspiration for Fred Do-It’s wacky plan really fails come from?
A: I wanted to write a story that kids would relate to and be able to laugh. I also wanted to include aspects of narrative within the story so that children could learn about the parts of stories that are important like problems, settings, building suspense and the importance of characters.
Q Your new book was released just a few months ago, can you tell me what that has been like for you?
A: It has been exciting. It is a difficult journey and not something you do for the money. Writing is something that is done because you love writing. I have recently ordered my second 500 prints so this is cool. If they sell I will have sold over 1000 books. Pretty amazing really.
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Walked through a pitch dark storm water drain and smashed my tooth out. Served me right for doing such a dumb thing.
I feel like I have more questions about this one!!! ^^
Speed questions all the same for each Author:
Q What are you writing at the moment?
A My second Fred Do-it book.
Q What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
A Salted caramel.
Q What’s one of your favourite books/stories you have written?
A I’ve only written one, so it’s my favourite so far.
Q How long did it take you to write your Book?
A 5 years.
Q Who is your favourite or most inspirational Author?
A Sally Rippen ... I love Polly and Buster. Beautiful writer!
Q Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Q Do you prefer reading e-Books or hard books?
A Hard-copy books for sure.
Q Where’s your favourite place to write?
A At my sit stand desk.
Q Do you remember the first book you ever read? OR if not, what’s your fave childhood book you loved to read.
A 3001 jokes for kids
Q What’s your biggest achievement so far?
A Marrying a beautiful person and raising three special girls.
Q Do you have any big goals for the future or any new writing or art being released soon?
A Writing book 2!!!
Q Do you have any advice for young writers.
A Never give up. The first draft is essential. Just get it out your brain ... even if it’s brain vomit, it can always be turned into something amazing.