Thursday, October 04, 2007

Star Struck

I look embarassingly pleased with myself to have Neil Gaiman actually signing my book! He said he had only been to KLIA in Malaysia and of course politely said he would have loved to go. Oh, he was extremely charming!

He read excerpts from two new stories he is writing - a book about a child who is brought up in a graveyard...he says it is really 8 linked short stories. The story opens with a killer disposing of this boy baby's family, the baby crawls into the graveyard and is rescued and brought up by the ghosts. Someone in the audience asked how could this be a children's book (it had a rather chilling opening paragraph) . I won't be able to post the answer blow by blow but the gist was that children can take such things in their stride. He said that he had loved The Jungle Book as a child and it was full of Death, blood, hunting and killing, and that The Graveyard Book was a nod to it. When he wrote his children's book Coraline, his editor had nightmares about the story, while his two daughters aged 6 or 7 at the time loved it and wanted to know what happened next. Neil Gaiman is a great story teller - he can see the story going on anywhere. He got the idea for his book when he used to live in a house in Surrey with no garden and took his young son on a tricycle to the graveyard near by to cycle along its paths. I look forward to reading this when it comes out.

He also read us a chapter from Odd and the Frost Giants - his World Book Day 2008 contribution, which he's supposed to hand in to the publisher next week. Odd is the son of a woodcutter/woodcarver who is drowned at sea, he has a limp from injuring himself with his father's axe shortly after his father's death as he tries to take over the job, his mother remarries and the story begins as one winter, Odd takes himself off to his father's old woodcutting cabin in the forest and meets (I think...) a grumpy bear and two other creatures who turn out to be argumentative Gods trying to regain Asgard from an invasion of Frost Giants.

All in all a cracking evening - they even sent him on stage in a cloud of dry ice, LOL. Well, you know I'd do it all again. Check out his website for his blog and lots of cool stuff


Kathryn said...

It's great to see you smiling! Sounds like a great time! Now I am going to have to check out his books! You look fab my dear.

Missing you!


Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

NEIL GAIMAN! Fantastic. Hope you having a good time with our Serai girl. Just read Gaiman's Anansi Boys and see that his book, Stardust has become a movie. :-)

msiagirl said...

Thanks K-Girl - will have to take a breather this week and speak to you!!!

Nigel: I did have a very lovely time with LL and I even took her to see Prior Park! Glad you like Gaiman too, he rocks. Wanna see you soon too? Get in touch. :)

Kenny Mah said...

Oh I'm so happy you got to meet Neil! I've been a fan of him since his Sandman days in the late 90's... always one of my dreams to meet him in person one day... I'm glad, till that happens, one of my friends managed to do just that. :D

msiagirl said...

Kenny! Well I did tell him that if he did go to Malaysia he would find plenty of fans there :)