Special Guest #17
~ Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart was born June 4th, 1955 at Barts hospital London and lived for a year at Muswell Hill before moving to Morden, south-west London ('the end of the Northern line'), where he grew up. He is a graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia's creative writing course. For several years he taught English as a foreign language and lived in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
His first book was published in 1988, following which he had a string of novels published with Puffin, working under a single editor. When that editor left Puffin, Stewart began to work for a number of different companies, notably Transworld, Usborne and Scholastic. The past four years has brought him an increasing volume of work and an accompanying growth in earnings through royalties.
He is a full-time writer, currently working on several different commissions and projects, the principal one being his ongoing collaboration with the illustrator Chris Riddell in The Edge Chronicles.
ACHUKA's interview with Paul Stewart was conducted shortly after reviews of Beyond the Deepwoods, the first volume of The Edge Chronicles, had begun to appear.
Paul Stewart lives in Brighton with his wife, a primary school teacher, and their two children. He is also the author of an adult book, Trek (Cape, 1991), a biographical travel book which tells the story of an ill-fated Saharan adventure.