Shane Hegarty is the author of the awesome Darkmouth series. It’s full of legendary creatures of all kinds and there are plenty of laughs. You may have been one of the lucky people who got to hear Shane talk about his books when he visited the top half of the country last month (I’m very jealous!). The third book in the series, Chaos Rising, is soon to be released here in NZ and I got the chance to interview Shane about the series.
- What inspired you to write the Darkmouth series?
I ran out of excuses not to do it! From a very young age I’d wanted to write a story of fantasy and adventure, with scary bits, jokes, an ordinary hero in extraordinary circumstances. In the end, I wanted to write a story for my own kids that gave me the focus to make the relationships the heart of it even as their town is under attack.
- What 3 words would you use to describe the series?
Fun. Fantastic. Freaky.
- What would your Legend Hunter name be?
Shane the Easily Spooked.
- Which of your characters do you most relate to?
I relate to a few in different ways. Finn has to become a Legend Hunter even though he doesn’t feel strong enough, and I recognize his fear. His friend Emmie is fearless, and she’s the flip side of things – how I would actually like to be. Finally, Finn’s dad Hugo is a but pushy to his son, and I guess I recognise that even if I don’t want to be a pushy dad!
- Which Legend would you least want to encounter?
There’s a Hydra in Darkmouth 3: Chaos Descends, and I really wouldn’t like to meet any of its heads on a dark night. Or a bright day. Or at any time.
- The series is being adapted in to an animated movie. Will you have any part in the creation of the movie?
I’ve seen some of the early drawings and story ideas they’re working on in Hollywood, and it looks amazing. There are brilliant directors involved – Dave Pimentel (Moana) and Doug Sweetland (Storks) – so I know they’ll do a great job. I’m having fun watching it being put together.
- What books do you recommend for readers who love your series?
If you haven’t read Derek Landy’s amazing Skulduggery Pleasant, they’re so good. I always tell readers of my own favourite book, Douglas Adams’s the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I’m always delighted when a reader is inspired to pick that up because they always love it.