Tom Fletcher, who grew up in Harrow and now lives in Northwood, has published a new children story ahead of World Book Day on March 1. Here I find out more…

Could you tell us a bit about your World Book Day title? What inspired you to create/write it? 

My World Book Day Book is called Brain Freeze and is about a girl who discovers she can freeze time if she eats enough ice cream. Not only that, she realises that using her Gramps’ old ice-cream van she can travel through time! I’ve always loved time travel stories and movies. My band - McFLY is names after Marty McFly from Back to the Future, so I’ve always had a fascination with time travel and everyone loves ice cream! 

What inspired you to start writing? What was the first story you wrote? 

I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember. Since I was a kid. I have been writing for my own enjoyment throughout my whole career as a musician and eventually it evolved into something more serious…and by serious I mean writing stories about a dinosaur that poops stuff. The first book I wrote was There’s a Monster in Your Book although I had many books published before that one was eventually released. 

What was your favourite childhood/YA book growing up? 

Of all the books I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had the biggest impact on my life. The whole series just sucked me in and it was the first time I really understood how you can become lost in a world inside a book. 

If you were to recommend one book to read this year, what would it be

I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade fiction which I really enjoy. I thought Timmy Failure was hilarious. I also only recently read Skelleg and thought that was incredible! 

What advice would you give to any budding writers on how to start writing a book? 

Write. Don’t wait. Just write as much as you can (and read, obviously). 

If you could be any literary character in the world, who would it be and why? 

I would be James, the boy in The Snowman. Doesn’t every kid wish their snowman would come to life and take them flying? I still find that book so magical. 

What’s your fondest memory of reading from when you were a child? 

My parents read to me every night. I loved story time. They made it magical and fun. Dr Seuss, Raymond Briggs, the classics! My dad also made up stories about a dragon which were brilliant. 

What do you think makes a good story? 

My emotions usually let me know. I cry at books that aren’t even that sentimental. Sometimes it’s just a clever line or a really satisfying plot idea that I didn’t see coming. I get a bit teary and that’s how I know. Although, I do tend to find enjoyment in most things I read. It’s very rare I won’t finish a book and by the time I’ve got to the end there’ll be something good to be found. 

Do you always know what the ending will be when you start to write a book? How long does it normally take you to write one? 

I definitely like to know the end before I begin. I don’t mind not knowing all the exact details but I am definitely a fan of planning the story out enough so I have key checkpoints to hit but still allowing myself the freedom to change those along the way if I want to. I can write a first draft in about three-four weeks if I have solid writing time. It’s harder now having two children and I write more in the evenings when they’re in bed so it takes a little longer.

World Book Day 2018:

Celebrations include the return of the World Book Day Award and details of The Biggest Book Show on Earth book tour taking place across the country. 

World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the nation’s entire book industry comes together to work proactively to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future, encouraging children and young people to discover, read and love books.
The charity are also bringing back the incredibly successful World Book Day Award (WoBoD) for the fourth year, which gives schools the opportunity to win life-changing libraries of books. 

Each year official World Book Day children books are released, which cost just £1 or are free in exchange for a £1 World Book Day book token. 

Full details and event information is available at