When I read Boys Don’t Knit by Tom. Easton, I laughed over something on almost every page. It’s a fantastic book, and one that I think everyone from about age 12 onwards should read. I was lucky enough to be able to interview Tom as part of the YA Countdown to August and share it with you below:
Do you knit, and if so who taught you?
I refer the reader to this excellently-produced video of me knitting. I think that should satisfy everyone’s curiosity adequately.
Have you ever wished you were one of the characters in your books?
No. My characters usually have an awful time of it. Ben from BDK is based on me. He’s a lot funnier though, he always thinks of the right thing to say then and there, not five minutes later as is the case with me. The French call that tendency l’esprit d’escalier, the tendency to think of a clever comeback when you’ve already left the party. Ben’s also better-looking than me. Err, and younger.
I’m better at football though.
Do you laugh at funny parts of your novels as you write them?
Yes. Don’t judge me.
Do you have any book tour/ author event dates planned for this year?
I’m running a workshop at Waterstones Berkhamsted on Sunday 10th August at 3pm. I’m focusing on characterisation. I’ll be signing books too. Other than that, I have a couple of school visits organised and there’s an event planned for Surrey libraries. It’s difficult to fit in too many events around my job, but I try to do as many as I can. I love getting out there and meeting people who really care about books.
Where is your favourite place to write?
It’s going to sound weird, but I write on the train. It’s the only place I get peace and quiet and time to myself. I have a full-time job and three small children. Here’s a little video I shot of myself hard at work…
What is your next book going to be about and when will it be published?
The sequel to Boys Don’t Knit is called An English Boy in New York and it is out on the 7th August. It records the further adventures of Ben Fletcher. Ben wins a fabulous trip to New York to attend KnitFairUSA. Naturally, he’s over the moon. But in Ben’s world, nothing ever runs smoothly and he’s soon up to his elbows in trouble.