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Caleb Krisp - Author

Caleb Krisp was raised by militant librarians who fed him a constant diet of nineteenth century literature and room temperature porridge. He graduated from the University of Sufferance with a degree in Whimsy and set out to make his mark in the world as a writer. Years of toil and failure followed, until, following a brief stint working in a locked box, Caleb moved to an abandoned cottage deep in the woods and devoted himself to writing about the adventures of a twelve-year-old lady's maid of no importance. Caleb has a strong dislike of pastry chefs and certain domesticated rabbits. His only communication with the outside world is via morse code or kettle drum. He trusts no one.

A Q&A with Caleb Krisp

1. What was your favourite book when you were a child?

My favourite childhood book concerned four children, a country house and a wardrobe. It featured a majestic talking lion and a large quantity of turkish delight. I spend many happy hours lost inside its pages - and I still venture there from time to time.

2. Who is your favourite hero in a book?

My favourite hero is from a novel without a hero. Her name is Becky Sharp and she lives in the pages of a book called Vanity Fair. Becky Sharp is a strange creature. She does as she pleases. She flounces around making mischief and a certain amount of misery. And she is utterly and delightfully herself. Rather like Ivy Pocket.

3. Who is your favourite villain in a book?

This is a monstrously difficult question! Villains are one of the great delights of storytelling, it seems to me. In the end, I have settled on three. Quilp from The Old Curiosity Shop, Madame De La Rougierre from Uncle Silas and Count Fosco from The Woman in White.

4. If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Colin, from The Secret Garden. He's bedridden, has a phantom hump on his back, is wondrously melodramatic and the heir to a gloriously grim gothic estate (complete with secret garden). What could be better?

5. If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

The one collecting dust in a far flung corner of your room. Don't you know it's been lying there all this time - just waiting for you to open the cover and step inside?

6. Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Each and every book I read on my journey to adulthood influence my vocation as a writer. Those books - perhaps hundreds if you added them all up - transported me to other times and other places. They were worlds of endless possibility, heart-stopping danger and infinite wonder. Grand houses, quaint cottages, whole villages, cities and countries were built in the landscape of my imagination, thanks to those books. It is to this wonderland that I travel whenever I am in search of my next story. I always seem find new characters there, in some forgotten room or dim attic, just waiting to tell me their tales.

7. What inspired you to write your latest book?

I wanted to write about a girl who was unlike many of the heroines I read about in middle grade fiction. A girl who was plucky and optimistic, yes, but also incorrigible, delusional, loose with the truth, infuriating and utterly bonkers. Ivy Pocket turned up fully formed as I started to write the book - I heard her voice in my head, clear as church bells, and I hurried to write it all down before she went away.

8. Do you have any abandoned stories in you ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

A great many. Most are terrible. But a few are worth revisiting. One day, when the adventures of Ivy Pocket are but a memory, I might just dig them out, dust off and see if they have a story worth telling.

Photo taken from Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency Author page.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Caleb Krisp

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp - illustrated by John Kelly
The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she's been adopted by a benevolent couple, the Snagsbys of Snagsbys Economic Funerals, but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedAnyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp - illustrated by John Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | January 2016 Debut of the Month Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady's maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations readers are ever likely to encounter. Sacked by her employer after...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedAnyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp - illustrated by John Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - April 2015 Debut of the Month Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady's maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations readers are ever likely to encounter. Sacked by her employer after...
Lovereading Price: £8.79 - Saving £2.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/04/2015
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