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Monday, January 22, 2018

Building Worlds; Creating Characters

“Once the world has been created, the fantasy author still has to bring the story's characters to life and unfold a gripping plot. That's why good fantasy is such a hard act to bring off.” – Tony Bradman

Born in a suburb of London on this date in 1954, Bradman gravitated to reading fantasies while still in primary school; started writing when he was in college (at Queens’ College, Cambridge where he earned his Master of Arts degree); and became a full time writer of children’s lit. and fantasy books of his own in the 1980s.

After college his first work was a both a music writer and children’s book reviewer for Parents magazine before beginning to write children's literature in 1984. Today, he is the author of more than 50 books for young people, led by his wildly popular Dilly the Dinosaur series, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Bradman said he first “discovered” books and stories by reading Thomas the Tank Engine stories, and then gravitating to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  “That,” he said, “really got me hooked.”           “I loved words and language, but the key thing for me then – as it is now – was story,” Bradman said.   “I love the feeling of being drawn into a story, the delicious sense of tension that comes from wanting to know what is going to happen next and almost being afraid to find out. That happens when you read the best stories – and as I found out, it can happen when you write a story of your own, too.”


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