I had a chat with Neil Gaiman last night – he said the main difference when writing for younger readers compared to adult readers was that he felt a duty to offer ‘hope’ to younger readers, but felt no such duty when writing for his adult readers. Interesting insight.
Alright, I wasn’t exactly chatting with Mr Gaiman – I was in the audience at Liverpool University when he gave readings and answered questions. His reading voice is utterly mesmeric and it was well worth the trip from Manchester, even though it was a school night. Strangely, he looks more like Bob Dylan everyday, but it’s a good look (the poet of his generation, etc).
He also recommended everyone go out and buy The Book of Orm, or at least I think that’s what he muttered. I could be wrong.