Ask The Author

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Where did you get the idea for 'One'? Did you come up with the idea suddenly or did you have the idea at the back of your mind for a long time? I love your book and it was really powerful.
Freya, 11

Ah, thank you, Freya. I watched a documentary about a set of conjoined twins from the US and thought what a wonderful idea it would be for a book.

Why did you chose to write a story about conjoined twins rather than normal twins? Does it relate to your past in anyway or was it just a challenging subject to choose?
Sophie, 13

As a teenager, one grapples with questions of identity. This idea of literally being joined to another person intensifies this theme. Also, I’ve read stories about twins but very few about conjoined twins.

Who is your favourite character in One and why?
Georgia, 12

My favourite character has to be Grace. She stole my heart when I wrote it. She seems weak but proves herself to be stronger than even she knew.

What's been the reaction to your book?
Ramona, 11

Luckily people have enjoyed it so far, which is always a lovely feeling.

I love your books, will you be writing a new book?
Navya, 14

Yes! I have a co-written novel coming out in February 2017 called WE COME APART which is also written in verse. It was written with Brian Conaghan.

What inspired you to write the book in poem form and what would you say it adds to the story?
Isobel, 13

I never feel that I’m entirely in control of this decision, which can be a little disconcerting at times. With ONE, I began it in prose but it wasn’t working, I couldn’t quite nail the voice, so I started again in verse and everything seemed to sound right, so that’s what I went with! I hope it gives the book a lyrical and moving quality.