Today we had a virtual visit from an author. Hi name is Philip Reeve and he is most well know for writing the book ‘ Mortal Engines’. It has written over 30 books. He told us that he had trained as an illustrator and had originally wanted to make films, when this had been unsuccessful, he had changed his approach and decided to write a book. He said that he enjoyed writing books more as when he was writing for film, he felt quite constrained by other people’s demands. The book ‘Mortal Engines’ is being made into a a film at the moment. He referenced Star Wars and Lord of the Rings as inspirations for his stories but said that great ideas ‘come straight from the subconscious’. This implies that you don’t always know what has inspired you.