We asked Mark Illis, author of The Impossible, some of our quick fire questions!
- When I was 5 years old I wanted to be … an astronaut. Or a penguin. Or a penguin astronaut.
- My favourite chocolate bar… Sometimes I’m in a Flake mood, sometimes it’s Green and Black’s 72% cocoa, but now and then only a Toblerone will do.
- The last time I went to the cinema… I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I enjoyed it, but thought they forgot to have a story until about halfway through.
- The thing I could never give up… Reading.
- If you could go back to any time in history… I’d go to Gaul in Roman times to live in Asterix and Obelix’s village.
- The book I’ve read the most times… I don’t think I’ve read any book more than twice. Rather than read one book lots of times, I tend to read lots of books once each!
- The book I always recommend to others… The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Scary, funny, strange and touching and also a proper page-turner.
- The one piece of advice I would give my teenage self… To be more confident. And if you can’t be more confident, fake it!
- The best invention ever… The printing press. But I also like trees. Do trees count as an invention?
- The Hogwarts house I belong to is… Ravenclaw, with a thin vein of Slytherin. Except actually, it’s probably Hufflepuff. And why not? Cedric was Hufflepuff, and he was OK.
- The best thing about being a writer… is the fact that you’re sitting in a room making stuff up for a living. I mean, that’s ridiculous.
Thanks so much to Mark Illis for his awesome answers and thank you to you guys for reading.