8 Questions with Ross Montgomery

We're Book Club and Ross Montgomery is the first author to answer our 8 questions!
Ross Montgomery has written 3 children's books: Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door, The Tornado Chasers, and Perijee & Me. Perijee & Me was our first Children's Book Club choice and you can read our reviews and thoughts here.

1. Have you always wanted to be a writer and if not, what else did you want to do?
I think being a writer was always my dream job - I changed my mind for a bit when I was a teenager and wanted to get into films instead, but I still loved reading and kept on writing all the way through university!

2. How old were you when you started writing?
I used to write stories for fun all the time when I was a child - from the age of seven. My first PROPER book though, when I was being very serious about it, I started when I was 17. I spent 4 years writing it with my sister and then immediately ditched it!

3. Do you have any tips for young writers?
Write as much as you can. It's such a boring, obvious tip, but it's the only one that matters - and in fact, it's often the hardest one to do! Do whatever you need to do that gets you writing - start a story, start another one if you can't finish it, come back to the other one a week later if you want - whatever gets it done!

4. What do you find hardest about writing?
Coming up with ideas is actually the easy part - rewriting it for the fiftieth time is the really tough bit! After a while it feels like you've lost any sense of what the book was about in the first place - its like if you repeat the same word again and again it stops sounding like a word and starts sounding like nonsense. Try it, it's fun and annoys people.

5. What is your favourite genre to read?
I do love a scary story - particularly at Christmas! There's something about staying up late on Christmas Eve to scare yourself witless that just sort of makes sense. Don't ask me why!

6. What is your favourite genre to write?
I think I'm best at writing comedy, but I LOVE writing horror! In fact I have a book of short horror stories for children out next year which I'm very excited about...

7. What is your favourite character from your book/s?
There are some characters which were just such a pleasure to write - you could see immediately in your head how they'd respond in situations. To that end, I would say Callum in THE TORNADO CHASERS or Fi in PERIJEE & ME!

8. What is your favourite book ever?
SUCH A HARD QUESTION. So I'll give a couple of answers: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is the one I've read the most times; Holes is the best children's book I've ever read; and The Master & Margarita made me want to write again as a teenager after I'd given up on it!