32. Jack Heath: Writing compelling villains, action packed stories for kids and Jack Bauer


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NB: This episode details Jack's adult novel Hangman as well as his children's books. If you want a child-friendly version listen to Episode #33 Jack Heath: Writing action-packed stories to engage young readers (PG EDIT of #32) In this hilarious not-to-be-missed episode Jack Heath chats about writing his first adult novel, Hangman from the perspective of a crime fighting cannibal. We chat about the development of a complex and compelling villain who acts in ways we can't imagine and yet we want him to find peace. Jack also talks about writing action packed stories for his younger audience and how important it is to engage our young readers with thrilling scenarios and challenges. As young Australian of the Year, Jack explains the process of winning such an accolade and how this helped shape him as an writer. He also chats about his year reading books written by women in order to promote female authors. We also chat about random things such as first dates, listening to Marilyn Manson and creating complex men and women in his stories. As a fellow Jack Bauer fan, we discuss our favourites from the popular series and why the TV series resonated with its audiences. One of the most fun-filled and honest interviews that went way over time because we were having so much fun.

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