Author Shane Hegarty on the joy of writing children's fiction

Author Shane Hegarty on the joy of writing children's fiction
Shane Hegarty: ‘When I was writing at the Times, I always wanted to write adventures with villains and cliff-hangers. Truth is, it’s very hard to fit that into any adult readership’ Pic: Bryan Meade

Shane Hegarty gave up journalism to write children’s books and scored a hit with his first series, Darkmouth. His new novel, Boot, about the adventures of a little robot who has lost his owner, is the 2020 Citywide Reading for Children choice, and it was inspired by the writer’s own children

Shane Hegarty’s heart was in his boots.

He was on stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, looking out onto a sea of faces – all of whom had arrived expecting a good laugh; they were, after all, at the ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition, whose winners have included Aisling Bea, Dylan Moran and David O’Doherty. But the faces were mirthless, the silence absolute. “I died a death,” Hegarty says ruefully, picking up the...

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