Interview with James Foley – Author/Illustrator of Stellarphant

James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids.

He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017), Gastronauts (2018) and Chickensaurus (2020). The series stars Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, full-time baby.

James also illustrated the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris; the cult-favourite and CBCA-shortlisted My Dead Bunny (2015); and its follow-up, There’s Something Weird About Lena (2020).

James contributed to Total Quack Up (2018) and Funny Bones (2019), both anthologies of funny stories with proceeds going to charity.

His earlier books In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list.

James’ latest book, Stellarphant, published by Fremantle Press, has just been published.

It sure to be yet another success with kids, not to mention their parents! It would make a perfect Christmas gift. Great story line. Fab illustrations. Easy reading, especially for mums and dads!

James kindly agreed to meet with our editor, Michael Barker, to discuss Stellarphant, the challenges of being an author/illustrator and the importance of getting kids to read.

Here’s the podcast interview.