SpineOut : June 2013
. . .Book reviews CliCk on the Covers to read the reviews more books 15 issue 17 // June - July 2013 home // books // lucky dip // artsmart // more books // roving reporters // write stuff // last bits When Jake (year 12) and I (Oliver, year 9) interviewed Phillip Gwynne, it was a completely different experience than we thought it would be. We expected it to be very formal, I’d ask a question, he’d answer it, I’d ask another question and so on, but it was so different from that, Phillip actually involved us in the conversation. Sure, we would still ask a pretty clichéd question like ‘Where did you get the idea of Dom?’ (the main character). He would answer the question, but then throw one back at us, ‘Why, did you like him?’, and then we would just start a normal conversation as if we had known him for years. The conversation started on pretty simple things in the book like, ‘What was it like writing the book?’ or ‘Did you plan how long the book was?’ But then it evolved into some deeper meanings in the book, like distrust and what it leads to. For both Jake and me, we think the interview was a door opener. We expected a very aloof man who just answered our questions and had done with it, but he actually brought us into the conversation, which, I think, was proof of how even renowned authors like Phillip Gwynne are actually still normal people at heart (although his experience in these kind of interviews probably helped). Jake and Oliver’s interview. Fetch the Treasure Hunter: The Debt Instalment Four by Phillip Gwynne. read on... read a review...