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Katie Davies was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1978. She studied English and Drama at Warwick University and Acting at East 15. She has written for The Spectator and The Idler, and written and performed various sketches for Radio 4 comedy show, One. Her first children’s novel, The Great Hamster Massacre was published by Simon & Schuster in 2009, followed by The Great Rabbit Rescue and The Great Cat Conspiracy. She’s now working on a collection of poems for and about teenage girls, set in a comprehensive school in Northumberland, where she grew up. Katie lives in North London with her husband.
Katie Davies won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut novel The Great Hamster Massacre.
Scholastic Book Clubs talks to Katie Davies
Your first book, The Great Hamster Massacre won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, got great reviews and sold loads of copies. How did all of this make you feel?
Mad with power, mwahahaha….
Tell us about your new book The Great Rabbit Rescue.
Joe-down-the-road has gone to live with his Dad, leaving his new pet rabbit behind. When Joe and the rabbit become ill, Anna and Suzanne decide that unless they are reunited soon, they will both die. So they set off alone, in the dead of night, to perform the Great Rabbit Rescue.
Is there more in store for Anna and her friends?
There are two more books. The third one, The Great Cat Conspiracy, is out March next year (I think) and the fourth one (which I haven’t written yet) will be out about six months after that. I haven’t got a title for it yet, but there’s going to be a great big flood in the village, so it could be, The Great ……………… (insert animal of your choice) Disaster.
When you were growing up, which books and authors inspired you?
I liked the My Naughty Little Sister books, Pippi Longstocking, and lots of Roald Dahl (especially The Twits and Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, which me and my friends used to record ourselves reading onto cassettes and listen back). Later I loved all Adrian Mole’s diaries.
Which book do you wish you’d written?
Winnie The Pooh, Alice In Wonderland, and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
Lots of our members would love to be writers. What advice do you have for them?
Make up poems, and plays, and performances with your friends (or, if your friends are lazy, or watching telly, or have been sent to their bedrooms, make them up on your own). Then force your family to watch whatever it is you come up with – you can even try to charge them for entry (good luck). If your family are cooking tea, or shouting at each other, or banging their heads against the wall, some teddy bears or dolls on chairs make an equally appreciative audience.