Jonathan Stroud, born 27 October 1970, is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and young adults. He is best known for the Bartimaeus Trilogy.
Quotes on writing:
- Practise: Write as much and as often as possible.
- Read: As above, as much and as widely as you can.
- Experiment: Try as many different kinds of writing as you can.
- When I write something that would have made me laugh as a 10-year-old, or would have scared me or would have excited me, I know I’m onto something.
- When I was young, I kept a diary for about 10 years and I had to write in it every day. Even on days when nothing seemed to happen, I made myself think of something to put in it.
- The important thing about any book is that you have to have a good story and that it has to be exciting. Then it’s nice to add other levels underneath that people can pick up on.
- As an author, you need to keep talking to your audience to remind yourself what they like and what they don’t like. You spend most of your life locked in a room, and you need to be social occasionally.