After all he put me through reading The Piper, I decided I needed to know more about Danny Weston. I suspect there’s some funny business going on here. I just wonder what?
Anyway, I sent over some searching questions, and this is what came back:
Danny Weston… the name sounds awfully familiar. I can’t believe this is your first book.
I’m a late developer, Witch. I’ve had ideas for books kicking around in my head for a very long time and finally one of them has popped to the surface.
I note that you live in Manchester. Have we met? No, I’d remember that face. (Somehow your name makes me think you’d look like Johnny Depp. I don’t know why.)
Some people have occasionally mistaken me for another author of children’s fiction, which is a mystery to me, as I’m far better looking than him.
The Piper is rather a scary story. Do you enjoy frightening little children?
It is great fun – and very therapeutic.
I’m guessing you said ‘yes.’ I‘d like to know why.
I think children enjoy being frightened by stories. It’s hardly a surprise. What are the first stories we give them to read? Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel are horror stories, pure and simple. It always amuses me when parents wonder why their children have such dark imaginations!
Do you have personal experience of Romney Marsh?
Romney Marsh is one of the bleakest wildernesses in the British Isles. I have spent many happy hours there. St Leonard’s church in Hythe, for instance, has thousands of human skulls stored in the crypt. What’s not to like?
What about quicksand?
Dreadful stuff. Tends to get underfoot…
And what’s the thing with those dolls? (We obviously don’t want any spoilers here.)
I don’t know about you but I do find china dolls rather terrifying… even when they don’t talk to you.
I can see The Piper as a film. Can you?
Yes, please! I think it would make a splendid movie, though it certainly wouldn’t be what they call a ‘feel-good’ film. I have actually written a screenplay for it, just in case anybody should be interested in pursuing the idea.
Have you got plans for any more books?
My next book is already written and should arrive some time in 2015. It’s called Mr Sparks and concerns the adventures of a psychotic ventriloquist’s dummy. Happy days!
Will you be doing events? If so, any near me? (I’ll have to make sure I’m away.)
I will find you anyway, Witch. You can run but you can’t hide. As for events, I’m planning to be haunting schools up and down the UK. Anybody who is interested can get in touch via my good friend Philip Caveney’s website –
philip-caveney.co.uk (He won’t mind.)
Finally, I have thought a great deal about this: Where do you get your inspiration?
That question! I hate that question! Wait… come back! Why are you running away?
Is he gone yet? The man’s crazy. Skulls. That’s sick. Ventriloquist’s dummy! It’s probably going to be worse than those dolls near Romney Marsh. Aarrgghhh!!