During the holidays we caught up with Ashton Tan, Creative Write-it's latest literary star and creator of The Funniest Piece of Popcorn.
Hi Ashton, how does it feel to be a published author?
It feels great, because I like writing so when you are published, people can read your book and you get to do lots of exciting stuff, such as doing this interview, and you feel good about yourself.
Where did you get the idea for a piece of popcorn as a character?
On my first lesson in Term 3, Ben told us to write out 20 lines of what we did on the holidays, 1-2 rhyming, 3-4 also rhyming and so on (they could also be made up). Ben picked out 3 lines to form our story, and one of mine was "that my arms were popping.", and POPPING sounded like popcorn. So it became my main character.
How did you plan such a crazy story?
To me, I do not think that it is crazy. Popcorn (his name) seems normal to me.
Do you have any plans for new stories?
I am thinking of writing part two, and I have written some short stories including Popcorn (his name) in them such as Popcorn and Propercorn as well. Part 2's title will be The Oldest Piece Of Popcorn Ever.
Can I have your autograph?
Thanks Ashton, we look forward to reading Popcorn's next adventure!
The Funniest Piece of Popcorn is now available for purchase at the Creative Write-it studio. All royalties go to the author.
by Kaden, Year 3
Once upon a time there was a dumb kid called Mick. He was dumb because he didn't know 1+1, never knew what he was supposed to do and had dumb ideas. One day, he was in detention because he didn't know what to do in class time. There was a robber outside the window, who was holding a BOMB!!! He threw it at Mick and the bomb went:
Mick's bottom caught on fire but he didn't realise until he saw the detention teacher jump onto the floor and scream 'MICK!!!YOUR BOTTOM IS ON FIRE!!!' Mick screamed so loudly it almost took down the whole school. Mick ran around, trying to get away from his bum, until he got an idea, but it was USELESS because the idea was waiting for it to rain. So he got outside (with his bottom on fire) and waited. His bottom really hurt because it had been burning for 1h 25m and 59sec. After a second, it started raining. The bottom stopped burning. But then TV commentators showed up and Mick became a famous millionaire. The next day, he showed-off at school and everyone was jealous.
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