Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ed Vere, Author of Max at Night



Author Bio:
Ed Vere is an award winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books, which are published all over the world. He lives and works in London... if he's not somewhere else, preferably Mexico.

Title: Max at Night
Author: Ed Vere
Age Range: 5 - 8 years 
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3 
Series: Max 
Hardcover: 32 pages 
Publisher: Puffin (July 23, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0723294577 
ISBN-13: 978-0723294573


Tell us about your book:
Max is the fearless mouse catching kitten from NYT bestselling 'Max the Brave'. It's way past Max's bedtime and he's very tired. He's brushed his teeth, he's washed behind his ears and now he just needs to say goodnight to the moon... as all cats do. But the moon is nowhere to be found. Adventures ensue as Max searches through the starlit night.

How long did it take to write the book?
It took about 9 months from beginning to end.

What inspired you to write the book?
Max at Night is the sequel to Max the Brave, I really wanted to write more about Max and to show him in a different light. He was very feisty in Max the Brave, in this book he's still curious about the world, but he's also very sleepy, so the energy is different. This book is a much more poetic, bedtime read. I loved writing it, and particularly loved making the artwork, which has much more of a sense of place... a city at night kind of a space.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Like most of my books it started the wrong way round... with a drawing. I rarely have a plan, I just draw until I find a character who insists on having a story. Max seems to be insisting on a few stories. I then try to figure it out from there. It would be more logical to start with the story, but I never seem to be able to work that way round. My writing process requires a lot of thinking time, and a lot of observing the world time. To many it may not look like work, but so much of my inspiration comes from looking at the theatre of everyday life (preferably with a coffee in hand), the way people are and how they interact with each other, whether it's a family setting or out in the world.  I almost definitely did not watch any cat videos on youtube whilst reseaching this book... not a single one.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope that my readers get to know and love Max a little more, as well as feeling very sleepy and ready for bed. It's a lyrical and gentle night-time read, full of rich colours and a feeling of warmth & home.

Excerpt from book:
Max steps out into the starlit night. 
'Goodnight Night,' says Max,
'have you seen the Moon?'
But the night is dark and quiet.
'Maybe I'll see Moon if I get a little higher?' thinks Max.

Where can we go to buy your book?
All good bookshops

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
www.edvere.com  twitter @ed_vere.com

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