Q&A with MG Harris

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you some great competitions to win Joshua Files books and goodies. Now, we hear from the author..

Who were your favourite authors when you were a child?

Richmal Crompton (Just William), CS Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia). E. Nesbit, Herge (Tintin), Goscinny and Uderzo (Asterix)

What inspired The Joshua Files?

When I first visited a ruined Mayan city as a teenager in Mexico, my father casually told me that the Mayans “believed the world would end in 2012″. I didn’t  take it too seriously but I did think right away that it would make a great adventure story: a lost civilisation harbouring a secret about the date of the end of the world. So in 2005 when I started to think about writing for kids, I thought maybe that idea’s time had come.

Tell us about Joshua

Josh is thirteen at the beginning of his adventures. He was pretty happy with his life in Oxford until he found out that an ancient prophecy needs him to play a part in protecting an ancient book of knowledge about hwo to save the world in 2012. After that he has a lot of emotional issues to deal with – the death of his father, the passing of a huge responsibility onto his own shoulders, an arranged marriage that drives him crazy – until he realises he’s massively attracted to the girl. He’s brave and a little reckless but not a daredevil. He learns and uses a Brazilian martial art – capoeira, but secretly envies his cousin who pilots a super-whizzy aircraft.

What are you currently working on?

Something I call Ultra Secret New Project….

If you could go to any fictional place, where would it be?

The Havana of “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love”, for the music and the dancing.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Mixing cocktails and Cuban salsa dancing.

Thanks, MG. And working on something ultra secret – looking forward to finding out more about that! You can visit MG’s website here.

Today’s the last day of the brilliant competitions, so don’t miss out – click here for details.