The lovely folks over at Inis magazine ran a fantastic competition last week to give one Skulduggery Pleasant superfan the chance to meet and interview Derek Landy himself! Colleen McGuigan reports from the exclusive fan event for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: KINGDOM OF THE WICKED in Easons, Dublin:
I couldn’t believe that I had won the Inis competition and was ecstatic to have the chance to meet Derek. When I arrived at Easons the excitement was already building as preparations were taking place for the book signing – the queue was already huge!
I was waiting in the cafe upstairs when Derek arrived and I was introduced to him as the competition winner. I hadn’t expected my meeting with him to be so intimate – we sat down at a table and I got to talk to him for twenty minutes!
Derek was funny and friendly and more than happy to answer my questions. I was a little star struck but he was so down to earth and normal he made it easy to talk to him.
The first thing I asked about was the movie – and where things stood with it? The good news is there’s a movie deal about to be announced in the next few weeks and that Derek would like it if an unknown actress could play Valkyrie.
I asked Derek if he preferred writing the good or the evil characters? “The evil characters are fun to write about, but if I didn’t enjoy writing about Skulduggery and Valkyrie the books wouldn’t be any good!”
We continued to chat and as my time with him was nearly up I asked what he would continue to write once the Skulduggery series ended. “There will be more books, I just don’t know what they will be yet. But they will be really well written. Of course.”
Derek gave me a signed copy of Kingdom of the Wicked – it’s so good! – and I showed him some of my Skulduggery artwork; he thought they were pretty good! (The man has good taste after all.)
A huge thank you to Inis, Easons, HarperCollins and especially to Derek – it was one of the best experiences of my life and an incredible pleasure to meet him!
Thanks Colleen! KINGDOM OF THE WICKED is out now and available to buy at all good bookshops, click here to purchase!