While on a stay-cation with my family this summer, we listened to an Anthony Horovitz Alex Rider audio book in the car. If you haven’t read any of this series, Alex Rider is a English school boy who moonlights as a spy for MI5. His adventures in this collection included Alex infiltrating an enemy base in Afghanistan and stopping a prison break.
I’d read one of these novels to my son before, but hearing it as audio book I was stunned by how laser-targeted precisely these books were tailored to my children’s imagination. Listening to these stories, allowed them to imagine themselves as brave, fearless spies, always sure to win in the end. It was pure wish fulfillment, pure escape.
I read kids books and I feel driven to write them, but, up till now, I haven’t thought much about my ideal reader or the impact I want my books to have on children. I want to know more. So for this new series of blogs conducted entirely through Twitter DMs, I decided to begin by asking the hyper talented author, Pádraig Kenny, about his thoughts on writers and their audience. Here goes!
Thank you to Pádraig for taking part. He can be found on Twitter at @padraig_kenny