February 5th, 2009

interviewing sue eves

Launched today! The QUIET WOMAN And The NOISY DOG, illustrated by Ailie Busby and published by Anderson Press.
Here's my portrait of Sue and, hey, I'm doing a real writer interview!

Sue had me in hysterics the first time I went to visit her, when she pulled out a puppet dog which looked just like her real dog. Her real dog freaked out when he saw his puppet version and alternated between standing there frozen, staring daggers at it, and frenzied leaping. I’ve never had a dull moment with this woman, who does everything from puppeteering to writing, illustrating, acting in films and theatre and throwing wild theme parties for her daughter. I once got her to do her ‘Tamba’ voice, the one she’s used to animate the much-loved BBC television puppet. Sue’s written and illustrated a picture book called Hic!, and I’m here to talk with her about her latest book, The Quiet Woman and the Noisy Dog.

Sarah: I haven't been lucky enough to see the final version of this book yet, but the cover looks gorgeous. What's the story about, and what made you decide to write it?

Sue: First, Sarah, may I say thanks for inviting me to your blog. I'm glad you liked the cover and the dogs. (My dog has been mistaken for the puppet dog recently - his big wet nose in my friend's ear was the give-away.).

The story is about a quiet woman and a noisy dog and a noisy woman and a quiet dog who meet for the first time in their local park and the two dogs get muddled up. I originally wrote it as sisterly advice about making friends and finding a flat mate, cunningly disguised as a children's poem for my younger sister. It worked!
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