Brian Jacques (pronounced jakes)
DATE OF BIRTH:
15 June 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH:
The works of Mario Puzo, Damon Runyon, and P. G. Wodehouse are amongst Brians
favourites. That is when he has time to read!
As you may already know Brian loves opera, but all music is a must I could
not live without music
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
Teddy. Brians West Highland Terrier!
When did Brian start writing?
Brian knew from an early age, 10 years old in fact, that he would become a
writer. Asked to write a story on his first day at school, Brian wrote a story
about a bird that cleaned a crocodiles teeth. His teacher refused to believe
that a ten-year-old could write that well, claming that the young Brian copied
the story. When Brian protested his innocence he was branded a liar. It
was then that Brian realised he had a talent for writing and indeed wanted to be
Where does Brian get his ideas and inspiration from?
Taking Teddy, the family dog for a walk is one of Brians favourite ways
of clearing his mind for new ideas. Quite often ideas come to him in his dreams
Brians favourite place in the world:
The place where all the writing takes place. Most of Brians writing is
created outside, seated in a corner, under the lilac bush, next to the dwarf
apple tree. Brian does all of his writing here on an old typewriter rescued from
a shipping office. If it rains, out comes the patio umbrella or Brian and the
typewriter move into a specially constructed conservatory. Tuesday to Friday is
set aside for working on Brians current book. On average twelve pages a day
can be written, but if inspiration hits him a massive twenty-five pages can be
produced. Monday is when Brian answers your fan mail.
What are Brians hobbies?
Phew, with all the writing Brian does it leaves him little time for hobbies
I have heard that he is quite partial to a crossword though! Oh and there is
always time for taking Teddy for a walk!
What did Brian do before he became a writer?
Before becoming a writer Brian had many jobs. Hes worked as a merchant
seaman, a railway fireman, a long-distance lorry driver, a boxer, a policeman, a
postmaster and a stand-up comic. At one point in the 1960s he and six
friends, including two of his brothers, formed a folk singing group known as The
Liverpool Fishermen! Nowadays as well as writing, Brian hosts his own radio
Brians top tip to writing:
Paint. Thats the magic word. Paint pictures with words. Thats the greatest
advice I can give anybody. Paint the pictures with words. The picture will
appear in the imagination so the person reading it can say, "I can see