Meet Scarlett's Creator--Cathy Brett
Who is Scarlett Dedd?
Scarlett is a pale, morbidly-obsessive teenager who would rather fake an authentic-looking, life-threatening stomach bug than go on a school trip. Trouble is the stomach bug ends up being anything but fake and completely life-threatening...life-taking, in fact. Your books are full of cool illustrations--what made you decide to put pictures into your books?
When I made the transition from reading picture books to 'proper' books as a kid, I couldn't believe that the pictures suddenly disappeared. Poor, adults, I thought, to have no lovely illustrations to look at. I've been flummoxed by that youthful disappointment ever since. Being an illustrator long before I was a writer, it was pretty obvious I would have to illustrate my fiction and today's teens are so visually sophisticated I thought they deserved it! Your main characters in Scarlett Dedd make very gruesome amateur horror films. Where did you get your inspiration from? Are you a horror film fan?
Some recent horror films scare the pants off me, but I love the classics (like Scarlett and her mates). I'm fascinated by the way that terror and laughter are very close emotional neighbours. I find horror films make great 'date' movies. Ever laughed all the way through something gory? Well, I don't tend to laugh much at romcoms and my dates never do, but they like it when I need comforting during a 90 minute bloodbath! My inspiration in Scarlett Dedd was a real group of teenagers who make the funniest and most disgusting horror videos. Priceless! So cool, that they just had to end up in a book! Is it true you have a secret recipe for fake blood?
I have several--some tomato product-based, some using syrup. A blood-type for all occasions! At times Scarlett Dedd is very spooky, did you have to write it hiding behind the sofa? What scares you?
Would you believe I'm totally scared of the dark? I think it's the 'unknown' thing--shapes lurking in corners, monsters under the bed, axe-wielding psychos about to leap out at you! The usual. Will Scarlett Dedd and Ember Fury ever meet?
Ooo, wouldn't that be cool? Some minor characters do seem to be popping up in other books--I wonder if my readers will spot them--so I'd love to bring them all together. They definitely exist in the same universe (my head!) so, yes, I think it might happen.
Cathy Brett's debut book, EMBER FURY, was selected as Children's Book of the Month at Borders.