Chris Bradford is a true believer in ‘practising what you preach’. For his new BODYGUARD series he embarked on an intensive close protection course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises. Chris’s best-selling books are published in over 20 languages and have garnered more than 18 children’s book award nominations, including shortlist for the Red House Book Awards 2009 and winner of the Northern Ireland Book Awards 2011.
Before becoming a full-time author, he was a professional musician (who once performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II), songwriter and music teacher.
He lives in England with his wife, two sons and two cats.
Q: What books did you read when you were a child?
A: The Fighting Fantasy series, starting with The Warlock of Firetop Mountain – I’d loved the fact that you could be the hero and choose your destiny. Perhaps that’s why I became an author…
Q: If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A: Jack Fletcher from my Young Samurai series. His combination of martial arts skills, determination and unwavering optimism appeal to me. Otherwise, Butler from Artemis Fowl for his tough and no nonsense approach to problems.
Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A: The chance it offers to discover new worlds, meet interesting characters and live an exciting alternate life…all from the comfort of your own chair!
Q: What is your all time favourite book?
A: IT by Stephen King. The book is a terrifying read and the clown character still haunts me today!
Q: Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
A: Talk to them and spend quality time with them. This social shared time is the most fun, loving and crucial aspect to helping develop a child’s ability and confidence to communicate.
Q: How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A: HUGE! They always encouraged me to be creative and explore my potential. My initial dream was to be a musician and they endured my tortuous singing and songwriting for years on end. But their patience and encouragement led me to where I am today… an international children’s author.
Q: How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
A: Our family has lots of books, in every room, at floor level, so our two boys can pick and choose a book whenever they want. The books that really stand out that both parent and child enjoy are: Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack, The Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit. Each of these books blends great illustrations with flowing, lyrical text. Highly recommended.