We were delighted to be able to interview Tom Fletcher, McFly musician and bestselling children's author, about bedtime, books, best friends and more! Find out what Tom thinks makes a great bedtime story, how he comes up with characters, and an important piece of advice for Bedtime Story Competition entrants...
1) How do you come up with an idea for a story?
I wish there was a formula but to be honest they are just ideas that pop into my head when I'm not really thinking about it! If I try to think of a story, I usually get nothing.
2) How do you come up with your main character?
It's usually pretty clear from the concept who the main character needs to be. Sometimes it's an idea for a character that inspires the whole story. Coming up with the way they look and their name is really fun and interesting. I get inspiration from everywhere - friends, movies, music, everything!
3) What inspired you to become a writer?
I've always loved stories and my parents encouraged me to be creative from a very young age. My life has been focused on songwriting for over sixteen years and it was really refreshing to put some of that focus into books and stories.
4) What do you think makes a great bedtime story?
One that is as fun for the grown-up to read as it is for the child. I love reading to my kids and it's so brilliant when we find a book that we both enjoy together.
5) If you could give our young writers one piece of advice, what would it be?
Read. Write. Then read some more. Reading inspires writing. Don't wait for someone to tell you to write or hope that an opportunity will come knocking; just get writing, just because you enjoy it. That's when you'll write your best work.
Quick Fire Questions
What's your favourite bedtime storybook?
Green Eggs and Ham.
If you could be best friends with anyone from a book, who would it be?
Hagrid! Definitely Hagrid.
Did you have an imaginary friend growing up?
I had a few, actually. Mostly imaginary cartoon characters. Chip and Dale used to come to school with me in my bag. They might actually still be in there.
What's your favourite word?
What makes a good goody and a bad baddy?
A good goody is someone you see yourself as and someone you aspire to be. A bad baddy is one that you love to loathe. Baddies are fun to write.
Who's your best friend? What makes them so good?
My wife and my kids. They find me funny... sometimes... I think.
Tell us something we didn't know about you...
I make great banana bread but hate bananas. It's my curse.
Don't forget to check out our range of Tom Fletcher books to see what makes his stories so great!