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Children’s author, Eoin Colfer, talks to us about Artemis Fowl and shares his writing tips

Eoin Colfer

Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Artemis Fowl. When you wrote the first book in the series, did you ever imagine that it would be this popular?

I never thought Artemis would be popular, in fact I thought such an oddball character would have a limited appeal. It just goes to show that you can never tell what people will like.

Artemis is a fantastic character. Did the idea for him come all at once or develop over a period of time?

Artemis evolved slowly over several years. I first had the idea for a pint-sized supervillain when I saw a photo of my little brother in his confirmation suit and I thought he looked very like something from a James Bond movie.

Artemis Fowl contains very detailed fantasy worlds. How do you develop your ideas for them?

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