Five minutes with…

Laura Fulton, Book Channel Editor at Maximum Pop! takes to the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?
Evelina by Frances Burney, which is told completely in letters. It’s sort of like Austen before Austen, and every bit as funny.

What’s next on your reading list?
I’m typically quite disorganised when it comes to my reading list, choosing whatever book strikes my fancy most. I’ll probably be reaching for The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson next. I recently received the proof and it sounds like the perfect book to chill out and pretend it’s summer with.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
How To Train Your Dragon for sure. Cressida Cowell did a great job writing such fun books, and the movie is just spectacular. I was actually gutted when I realised the third movie wasn’t coming out this year, but 2018—such a long wait!

What is the best book you’ve read that is set in London?
I’m a massive fan of Cassandra Clare and her Infernal Devices series completely wowed me when I first read it.

What was your first job?
I actually worked at a kids’ entertainment company. When I started, I worked as a mascot, dancing about and waving to kids at events, and then after a couple of years, I got upgraded to face-painting. Being a face-painter was a lot less sweaty, but I sort of missed being able to dance like a loon when a good song came on and no one knew who I was in costume.

Which writer would you have loved to have met–and why?
I think I’d like to have met Hans Christian Andersen. He wrote such lovely and sad tales, and seems to have been quite a passionate soul. I suppose I’d like to just listen to him, try to soak up some of that creativity.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
I’m totally obsessed with Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. It’s got such an interesting story line, and so many great characters. Plus, it’s just plain fun and I’m a big fan of the animation.

You’re stranded on a desert island–what 3 books would you want with you?
The impossible question! I suppose if I had to choose, it would be a Bible, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, and The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle.

Where would you most like to be right now?
Right now, I most want to be writing in this lovely little cafe opposite Queen’s University called The Pocket. It’s got pages from Alice in Wonderland papered on the wall, big, airy windows, and free tea refills.

Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
It’s difficult to think of just one person, but in terms of writing, I think Peter S Beagle. I fell completely in love with The Last Unicorn when I was younger, and I still find the imagery and language he used something to aspire to.

Follow Laura on Twitter @Laura_Fulton_and find out more about the Maximum Pop! Books channel here: http://www.maximumpop.co.uk/category/books/

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