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Writing Tips with Dave Lowe

The Book People was really pleased to have the opportunity to sit down with the brilliant The Incredible Dadventure series author Dave Lowe to discuss what inspires him, his favourite bedtime storybooks and whether he has any advice for young authors who are looking to take part in our Bedtime Story Competition.

Do you have a favourite picture book from when you were a child?

My favourite picture book was called A Dragon for Danny Dennis. I've spent the last 25 years trying to write something as amazing.

What about the book did you love so much?

It had a 10 foot 2, yellow and blue, polka dotted too, flying dragon. What more do you need?!

Do you have a favourite bedtime story to read to children now?

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton - I love doing the bear and mouse voices.

What do you think they like about it?

It's pretty long, so it means that my 8-year-old gets more time awake. And the pictures are brilliant.

What inspired you to become an author?

I've always loved reading and writing. Also, I'm pretty rubbish at most other things.

What was the first character you created?

I think my first stories were all about me having adventures. To be honest, I'm probably still doing that, though at least I change the names now.

What do you think makes a great bedtime story?

As a parent - something that is funny, exciting, and not too long!

What makes a great opening line for a bedtime story?

I love the first line of The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg: Once upon a bicycle...

How important are the characters in a bedtime story?

Incredibly important. Dogger, for example, is just about a kid who loses a teddy. But it's such an amazing book because we (the readers) really, really care about the family.

If you could give an aspiring author one piece of advice what would it be?

Read it out loud to yourself. Then you'll hear if you can make it even better.

Why do you think it's important to read children bedtime stories?

I think it's such an intimate thing. Just a grown-up and a kid, sharing the words and pictures. It's probably my favourite thing about being a dad (apart from eating their leftovers).

Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

I can say the alphabet backwards in less than five seconds. I taught myself to do it when my mum was late picking me up from school one time, when I was 8!

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