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Robin Jarvis.....Wyrd Mister A

A brief interview with Robin prior to publication of The Fatal Strand

Where did you get the idea for the Wyrd Museum series?

My stories often come from drawings. This one started when I drew my old Teddy bear and he came to life as a character in my head. Then I had to find a setting for him. When I moved house, I found a wacky building in South East London covered in spikes and spires and I found myself imagining it to be a Wyrd Museum. So I put the two together.

Have you ever been to a weird museum?

There used to be a really good one in Warrington, where I grew up.
It was always really empty and you could easily imagine meeting the Webster sisters there.

Are your characters based on real people?

Some of them. Veronica and Ursula are - and they really looked and dressed the way I've described them in the books. They were amazingly eccentric too.

Do you do a lot of research?

Sometimes. I often want to know exactly what colour something was, or when it was made, or where an actual street was. There are certain historical eras I'm particularly interested in.

So, when would you have liked to live?

The more you research, the more you realise that you're better off now! You couldn't drink the water then, and it smelled!

Your books are very scary in places - do you ever get scared when you're writing?

Yes! I try to think what would scare me and I put that in. But you have to get caught up in the mood of the story when you're writing it, otherwise it wouldn't feel real.

Has anything wierd or spooky ever happened to you?

Not directly to me, but to my parents. When I was about two or three, I often used to sleep-walk. One-night, they thought they heard a child walking around on the landing - but, when they went to check on me, they found me fast asleep in my cot. Spooky!

Why did you write Initiation ?

There are many tales from the Wyrd Museum that are yet to be told. This is one of them...


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