Author of the Alfie Bloom series for @ and game development lecturer, Gabrielle Kent takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…
What was the last book you read?
I’m currently in the middle of re-reading the Locke and Key graphic novels by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Very creepy and a brilliant concept that would make a great game.
What’s next on your reading list?
I’m catching up on my Christmas comics, so next up are Rat Queens and Nimona. I’ve also bought the Malory Towers series to relive my childhood, I LOVED those books.
What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
Fight Club. It’s so brilliantly done.
Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?
Roald Dahl so that I could ask him about his process and thank him for his books. I did actually meet him at a book festival when I was little, but I went bright red when he said hello and was too shy to talk to him.
What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
House of Cards. Even though it is fiction it has opened my eyes to political wheeling and dealing. It also featured President Underwood playing Monument Valley on iPad. The game is by a good friend of mine and it was surreal to see it on the series.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Making Stuff Up. With Cats.
You’re stranded on a desert island – what 3 books would you want with you?
Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling. Although I guess my SAS Survival Handbook might be more useful!
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Felicia Day. She is suitably geeky.
What was your first job?
My first job was a student placement in a games company in 1996. I spent the summer drawing monsters and zombie priestesses. That’s when I decided I wanted to create worlds for a living.
Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. The two of them were so prolific and their work is universally loved by children. I always wanted to write books that would make children feel the way I felt when I immersed myself in those authors’ worlds.
Follow Gabrielle on Twitter @gabriellekent and join her at #LevelUp on Tuesday 12 April 2016.