Happy Saturday and last day of November!! I’m SO excited for December 🙂 Today we have a Meet the Author interview with JP Cawood who talks to us about working on TV & Film, why she’d travel forwards in time and her most recent children’s book, The Wrong Rock which is being made into an animated film!
Science fiction & children’s books
How many books have you written and published?
I have four books published so far. Love from Mars is a romance, Tales from the 4thDimension is a collection of short science fiction stories, Sam & The Secrets of the Universe is a sci-fi fantasy for “middle grade” children, and The Wrong Rock is a picture storybook for babies and toddlers.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Sometimes I use names of people I know or have met that seem similar to the character in some way. Other times I pick names I like. I don’t think about it too much really. It was harder naming my son than it was a character because I have to say his name everyday and I had to get my husband to agree with me!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Ryan, the love interest from Love from Mars. He’s smart and sophisticated – and sexy too! He’s been to Mars so he has a lot of interesting stories to tell. Mainly, he has a very spiritual side to him, and a unique outlook on the universe so we would never run out of interesting things to talk about.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was a kid I used to write little comics to make my friends laugh. I enjoyed coming up with new characters and stories or putting people I knew into funny situations. I’d love to find one of those now to see what level my sense of humor was at the time!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve worked in TV and film for over fifteen years. I created TLC’s series My Giant Life which ran for three seasons. I also created a series on A&E called Born Behind Bars. I’ve done a lot of pilots and have worked as a script editor and consultant as well. I love telling stories, no matter what medium they’re told through.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d go forward. We have a general sense of what happened in the past, but the future is yet to discover so I couldn’t pass up the chance to see what the world will be like in… hmmm – how far forward would I go? Now that’s a hard question. I’d say at least 100 years forward, but maybe it’d be interesting to go a lot further.
What are your favourite things to do?
I love entertaining at my home, having friends over in the backyard on a nice day. Or going to a friend’s house is great too, just talking to people makes me happy. Hiking, swimming, shopping, eating, drinking haha! All those fun things too.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
The Wrong Rock is my children’s book and it’s available on Amazon. It’s a heartwarming tale of equality told through the adventure of a mushroom. The animated film version has been screening at film festivals around the world, and will be releasing online early 2020. I’m so excited to share the film so everyone can see this touching tale come to life. Follow me on social media to make sure you see the film as soon as it goes live!
Where to buy: Amazon
Thanks so much to JP for this interview. It’s so exciting that The Wrong Rock is being made into a film – I’ll be keeping up to date on developments and hope to see it soon!
Any questions for JP, give her a shout.
Have a wonderful evening! I’m off to put up my decorations!