No giggling at the back, please!
There are similarities. We are both people. We both speak English. Sort of. We are neither of us incredibly tall. And I’ve begun wearing a lot more black.
But I don’t have red hair, and I have more hair than Derek. No freckles. And I don’t write bestsellers. Unfortunately. The money would have been nice.
It could be that I’ve mentioned before that ‘my’ interview (which was three and a half years ago) with him is the most read piece on this blog. Derek overtook Jacqueline Wilson a couple of years ago, and he’s never looked back, so to speak. Where the readers come from I haven’t the faintest. I tried googling the interview and got nowhere. But come they do.
And he has such fervent fans. All the girls look exactly like Valkyrie and simply must play her in the film. They argue about it in the comments column. Quite a while ago I asked Derek if he could deny or confirm this film business, and then I reported back on what he said. ‘No film plans.’ Do they take any notice? No.
Some of them ask for Derek’s contact details, which I wouldn’t dream of passing on. We would quite like the remaining Skulduggery Pleasant books to be written, which is why he can’t afford the time to reply to all his fans.
They write and tell me how much they like my books. They ask me to write back. I don’t know how they can think this is Derek’s domain/blog/whatever. Does he strike them as a witch?
Or maybe I really am Derek Landy and never noticed?
(Deep down I’m grateful they read my books and like them so much.)