Derek Landy is the author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series and the new Demon Road series. He is one of my absolute favourite authors and I have loved everything that he has read. I got the chance to meet him and interview him back in 2010 when he was part way through the Skulduggery Pleasant series (you can read the interview here). Since he has started a new series I wanted to ask him a few questions about it and get the scoop on Demon Road. Read my interview with Derek to find out how many Demon Road books we have to look forward to, what Derek’s favourite supernatural being is, and why Derek loves horror stories.
- How did it feel starting a new series after you had been living in Skulduggery’s world for so long?
Scary, daunting, but also thrilling and refreshing. I was fully at home writing Skulduggery, and possibly too comfortable. That’s not always a good thing for a writer, so a new challenge was needed to stop things from getting stale.
- Why did you choose to set your new series in America?
The idea of a roadtrip pretty much dictated where it was going to be set. I tried setting it in Ireland, but you can’t really have a roadtrip here. In America, you can drive for weeks without seeing anyone. In Ireland, every five minutes you’d be passing through some small town somewhere…
- How many books are you planning on writing in the Demon Road series?
Three. There was no way I was committing to a nine book series like I did with Skulduggery!
- What is your favourite supernatural being?
Vampires are endlessly fun. You can adapt them to fit whatever you need them to be. Dracula had them scary, Anne Rice had them romantic, Buffy had them cool, and Twilight had them sparkly. Er…
- There are some really gory scenes in Demon Road. Are these your favourite parts to write?
Gory scenes are definitely fun…! And it’s always an interesting exercise to see how far I can push things before my editor picks up the phone…
- Out of all of your characters which one are you most like?
I’d like to think I’m like Skulduggery — cool, charming, and awesome. But the truth is I’m probably a mixture of Glen and, I dunno… Scapegrace.
- Do you see your two series crossing over? Will Skulduggery characters make an appearance on the Demon Road?
That was a temptation that I ultimately decided against. I wanted people to be able to pick up Demon Road without needing to know the rules of magic as set down in Skulduggery. Plus my vampires in both series are completely different, and I didn’t want to confuse people.
- Why do you love horror stories?
I’ve always loved horror, since I was a kid. We love to be scared. Being scared is entertainment — provided you get to walk out of the theatre afterwards, or close the book, or turn off the TV. We love horror because it tests us within a safe environment. I doubt I’d love it so much if these things were really happening to me…
- What other books would you recommend to kids and teens who love your books?
These days I’m recommending ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness to everyone, as well as the Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Loved them both.
Demon Road by Derek Landy is out now. Go and grab a copy from your library or bookshop now.