Over the years I have been asked many questions about my books, my approach to writing, and even about my interest in woodwork. The answer to your question may be right here, so have a browse or search my Q&As.
You have run into criticism from certain religious groups who regard you as subversive, with the Catholic Herald describing your work as worthy of the bonfire. Do such emotional responses concern or upset you or does it please you to generate strong reactions?
Northern Lights was re-titled The Golden Compass for the American market. Why did this change come about? Do you have a title in mind when you start a story?
You were a fan of comic books from childhood and your own stories are filled with striking imagery. Do you see your subject matter very visually as you write?
Your work has been performed on radio, television and the stage and the film rights to His Dark Materials have been sold. Is it difficult to give up your work to someone elseπs interpretation?
Have you had any involvement in casting characters? Do you have preconceived notions of what they should be like?
Are there any authors, either working now or in the past, whom you would recommend aspiring writers to read? You have talked in the past of the importance of reading other people so who has particularly influenced you? Should new writers be looking at the work of established authors to establish a set of rules or guidelines?
Can aspiring writers learn much from creative writing courses or how-to books?
With publishers aware of the astronomical sales now possible, is this good news for emerging writers or does it generate pressures from publishers to clone a new Lyra and Will or Harry Potter?
Have you consciously set out to create female heroines like Lyra and Sally Lockhart? Have you found any difficulties as a male writer in creating young female characters?
Have you created any minor characters that you would like to explore in more depth in other stories?
For somebody looking to get their stories for children published, is there any single piece of advice you would offer them?