Interview with Simon carr
Author of Our Fathers who art in Lapland
satirical science fiction writer from Blackburn in the north of England.
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How would you describe Our Fathers who art in Lapland to a new reader?
- very easy reading, my books are short and fast with an emphasis on fun and humor.
What was the inspiration behind Our Father who art in Lapland?
- it's the second book in the series, Our Fathers is heavenly influencend by Father Ted and Monty python's flying circus, it's pure silliness.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
- Douglas Adams.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
- well like the title suggests it's nearly all set in Lapland around santas workshop.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- just to keep writing you might have to wait your entire life before anyone reads what you have wrote but somebody will.
What's your writing process?
- I have my routine I'm a single dad so I take my kids to school, come home and write until it's time to pick them up again, I am a bit of a machine I dont need anything other than time, when I have the time I write.
Which character in Our Fathers who art in Lapland has had the greatest impact on readers?
- I think Mr. whan has outdone himself this time he was a bit of a bit player in the last book but this time around he is much more central.
If Our Fathers who art in Lapland were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
- I would love to see peter Kay and paddy mcginnis play father O,Malley and Father O,Riley.
How have readers responded to Our Father who art in Lapland?
- they love it, I worry that I get more bizzare and abstract with every book but they seem to like that.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- I have started on a book called Galaxy wars Administration, it's basically star wars but from the perspective of the administration staff onboard the bad guys ship who are more concerned with who has been stealing from the fridge than conquering the universe.
We are back with all this business, so we are. You would think the church would be more careful with them doomsday books after what happened at Bishops Point, but it’s happened again, so it has. This time things are very grim. Santa himself and his whole operation up there in Lapland have been taken over by the Dark Lord. Once again, Father O’Riley and Father O’Malley are all that stand in the way of our total annihilation — well, the good fathers along with Jed, Ron and the plucky Mr. Whan, as well as some new friends: the ugly snowmen and some army fellows and young priests that the Vatican sends to help for some reason, though none of them can bless straight to save their lives. The Beast himself has some new friends too: Siren Head and Krampus. So that’s nice for him anyway.
Find out what transpires this time as it might all end horribly. Although, it’s very rare that that happens. Sure there was that Blare Witch thing, but that was a long time ago now, so it was.