Anthony McGowan will be one of the authors participating the FLY Festival. Ahead of his talk and workshop at the University of East Anglia, Eleanor Pringle caught up with him to ask a few questions.
Here’s a couple extracted from the full piece:
There is a lot of debate surrounding adult vs. young adult fiction. Do you think young adult fiction stands up as viable against adult fiction, or even that one is superior to the other?
I don’t think adult fiction is superior, but I’m slightly sympathetic to the idea that adults should read adult fiction, and teenagers should read whatever they want. I think there’s almost an infinite number of amazing adult literary texts, it just seems almost a waste of your reading opportunities as an adult to read novels that are aimed at teenagers. So I do actually think there’s a time to move on. But there are some amazing writers like Meg Rosoff, Patrick Ness, that are ‘YA’ writers, but are in fact universal.
You have described in the past what it’s like to be married to a ‘super woman’. (Anthony is married to writer, and former fashion designer Rebecca Campbell) What do you believe the greatest achievement of your career is, and why?
Statistically, the most impossible thing I’ve ever done is to get published, for every thousand writers only one gets through that. That, in itself, is always a nice achievement. But everyone I know in London now, almost everyone I interact with socially went to private schools. I’m often the only publicly schooled person at a gathering; I suppose I’m proud of having come from that background and having achieved this.