Ian Livingstone

What books did you read when you were a child?
I enjoyed reading adventure books like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe. Anything with pirates, treasure and danger!

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
The great wizard Gandalf of course!

What is the best thing about reading?
Reading stimulates the imagination like nothing else. When reading, a unique world is created in your mind which is yours alone. Amazing things can happen.

What is your all-time favourite book?
1984 by George Orwell.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Art, drama, writing and music promote self-expression, self-confidence and communication skills - and sport is important too.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My parents encouraged me to start writing and not to worry about the story or how it read. The important thing was to start writing!

How did you encourage your children to read, what books did you enjoy reading with them?
I let them read mostly whatever they wanted to read, including comics. I think it is important that children develop a love for reading. I enjoyed reading my own books to my children, letting them decide which paths to take or which monsters to fight. Their imaginations ran wild because they felt empowered by choice.

Ian founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in the UK. Playing Dungeons & Dragons inspired him and to come up with the idea of an interactive book, one in which YOU the reader, are the hero and ‘play’ through a branching narrative story, making choices and using dice to combat monsters. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was his first Fighting Fantasy gamebook. His latest book is called Assassins of Allansia.

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