Dani: Why devilish kids books?
Tatum: The Devil told me to do it. Oh and possibly also because I have a fondness for funny mixed with scary, and unusual fantasy worlds, and because kids are the best people in the world to write for because they really LIVE their favourite stories.
Dani: Are devils truly evil?
Tatum: Some are. Some aren't so much. And certain twelve-year-olds really wish they were but just can't seem to get the hang of evilness no matter how hard they try, and keep accidentally ending up with kitten gifs instead of deadly computer viruses, or rainbows instead of napalm...
Dani: Finish the following thoughts:
1. I can't...
Gee, thanks. Now I'm thinking about all the things I can't do, like sing or marry Jason Momoa or make cakes without them coming out looking like overused bath sponges. Let's settle for 'I can't wait for my book to come out', although I'm actually quite terrified about it so that's not *entirely* true.
2. Writing is...
3. I'm always...
that friend who tells you to Do The Thing. Meanwhile I'm probably in bed with a stack of Calvin and Hobbes, Not Doing The Thing.
Dani: What's special about your work?
Tatum: Um. I'll leave that for my readers to decide. Though The D'Evil Diaries *is* the only kid's book set in Hell, featuring Lucifer's youngest son, a dead circus girl, a demon sloth, and carnivorous carousel horses that I know of, so there is that.
Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?
Tatum: Yikes. Now I feel like I'm at a Christmas party with all my relatives. *hides behind sofa petting cats* To be happy, and for my books to make other people happy, I guess.