Last week Clifton Preparatory School pupils were treated to a fantastic talk by author Mark Walden who shared his tips on how to write an interesting and gripping story.
Pupils learnt that the most interesting characters are always the villains.
“Without a villain, there is no story”, said Mark, who also told the children that one of his favourite villainous characters is Willy Wonka; not your typical villain, but a cunning one who gives the story a dark twist.
His first book, H.I.V.E, won the Richard and Judy Book Club 'Best Kids' Book Ever' 9+ category, it was also chosen as one of ten titles for Booktrust’s first ‘Booked Up’ scheme.
H.I.V.E (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrongdoing are sent to develop their best lines and try-out the best costumes. One small catch is that the children cannot leave until training is complete, six years later.
There are now eight books in the H.I.V.E series, and Mark is currently working on the final one. The children were very excited to learn that H.I.V.E might even make it onto the big screen as Paramount has optioned the film rights!
Mark ended his visit by giving the children an opportunity to ask him questions about writing, villains, video games and more before signing their books.