Meet Christopher Healy, author of the uproariously funny THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM (read an excerpt here!). In case you missed yesterday’s post about the book, be sure to check it out for some words from Christopher’s editor, Jordan Brown, along with a downloadable activity for the book. And now, let’s Open the Book with Christopher himself…
It depends on what age of childhood . . . Back when my mom was reading books to me, my favorite to hear was Winnie-the-Pooh. For first reading on my own—and drooling over the illustrations—it was probably The Rainbow Goblins by Ul de Rico. Once I was into meatier stuff, I think it would be Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game. (By the way, I think my answer on this question changes every time someone asks it.)
Right now, I’m in the middle of Book III of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (The Unseen Guest) by Maryrose Wood. Those books are just delightful. So much fun.
What is your secret talent?
I like to write and record songs as gifts for my family. I’m a terrible singer, though, so I make sure they’re never heard outside the house.
Fill in the blank: _______ always makes me laugh.
My current obsessions are . . .
The Walking Dead, dark-chocolate-and-sea-salt-covered almonds, and that Gotye song, “Somebody I Used to Know” (that xylophone riff plays through my head like a constant soundtrack now; I’m actually getting to the point where I wish it would stop).
Any gem of advice for aspiring writers?
Revise. If you think you’re done, go back and read it again. You will find something you can improve.
Finish this sentence: I hope a person who reads my book . . .
How did you come to write this book?
I’d wanted to write about Prince Charming for a long time. In all those classic fairy tales, you learn so little about the princes. Those characters were ripe for the plucking. I have a son and a daughter, and I felt that boys and girls could both use some fleshed-out Prince Charmings in their fairy tales. Boys are supposed to want to be the prince and the girls are supposed to want to marry him—but he’s always incredibly boring. So I sat down with a lot of old fairy tales, culled together whatever Prince Charming “facts” I could extract from them, and pieced together fully-realized personalities for four of the most famous princes. Once I’d created these princes, I just sort of let them run free and watched what developed. The plot went into places I’d never expected when I started.
Thanks so much, Christopher!