5 Questions for Christian O’Connell

Where did you write Radio Boy?

At home and in my shed. No I really did go to my shed and write. It’s a very nice shed. I would also suddenly get ideas during my radio show and write them into my phone.

Who is your favourite character in Radio Boy and why?

That’s a tough question Cranleigh School! Spike is a bit like me as a kid so I can relate to him very easily. I wasn’t very good at sports at school and a bit awkward at times . I based the Karate teacher Sensei Terry on my old karate teacher who was a hairdresser, Sensei Simon. I love how many readers like Sensei Terry and want his own spin off story.

How long did it take you to write Radio Boy?

Longer than I thought! I had a job and do a breakfast radio show every day, so I had to fit it in around that and doing a stand up tour. So about 8 months.

What advice do you have for young writers?

Write. If you wanted to be a runner you gotta run so Write. Don’t even need to show anyone, or do. Also read. It’s like working out for your imagination. You are learning new words and new ways of using them. Seeing new worlds as well. I started reading loads when i was very young and still do now

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