Pete answers your questions about
‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS’
I love the title ‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS.’ How did you think of it?
Titles are always difficult. The original title for,’ How To Train Your Parents, was ‘The Trouble with Parents.’ I’m so glad I changed it.
My first title this time was ‘How To Trick your Parents,’ which we then decided sounded a bit sneaky. So I played with words until I came up with ‘How to Fool’ . . . which everyone liked. The best title just clicks somehow.
Does Louis really find a secret way to get his parents to do whatever he wants?
A-ha you’ll have to read it and see. The thing is, what Louis wants more than anything is to be a comedian. But he keeps missing out. Now though, at last, he has a chance to make his dream come true. But he needs his parents to back him up. But then Louis accidentally falls asleep in a lesson (‘a power nap’ he calls it) the teacher goes mad and there’s a Parents’ Evening that very night … This is just the start of a crazy series of events, which I hope is my funniest book, yet.
At the end of ‘How To Update Your Parents,’ Maddy goes to America. Is she in this book?
Very definitely. She plays a key role in the story, as do Poppy and Edgar. And oh yes, the celebrity vloggers Noah and Lily return too.
What was the best and worst part of writing ‘How To Fool Your Parents?’
Starting a book is always scary. It’s so good in your head but nowhere near as impressive in the dreaded, first draft. But I keep going through it. Then there came a moment when ‘How To Fool Your Parents,’ just took over my life. It was all I could think about, all I wanted to think about. That’s the best bit for certain.
I was so sad to hear this will be the last, Louis The Laugh book.
I know, I’m missing Louis too. But the thing is, I’d written five books about him and they’re all – I hope – fresh and funny. And I think ‘How to Fool …’ may be the funniest. So I wanted to stop while I was ahead, especially as Peter Kay said, a lot of series tend to go on for one series too many, especially comedies.
What first inspired you to write about Louis the Laugh?
The poet Philip Larkin gave some brilliant advice to writers. He said. ‘Write the book that you would most like to read but that nobody has bothered to write for you.’ Well, ‘How To Train Your Parents,’ was definitely that. It featured my favourite characters – Louis and Maddy and was an out and out comedy, when practically all the books written seemed to be fantasies (Yawn!) So, more than any other title I wrote it for me. Never expecting the Louis books to be my breakout hit. Sometimes I still can’t believe it.