1. Was the character Max inspired by anyone you know?
Chrissy: Yes he is inspired by my nephew Max, he was only 2 years old at the time when I came up with the idea, now he is nine! but my son now who is 20months continues to inspired me everyday!
2. As a child, did you have a big imagination like Max?
Chrissy: Oh yes completely! and still do, I think sometimes I exhaust all my friends and family around me with all my ideas! Haha!
3. What was your favorite book as a child?
Chrissy: Oh gosh! so many but I really loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and Doctor Dolittle books, I think I read all of them so many times, and then there was The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. Oh, I feel like going and reading these all again right now just thinking about them!
4. What are you reading now?
Chrissy: Right now I am reading Be Awesome: How to live your best life by Stacey Ritz, an awesome, uplifting book for busy people like me. 🙂
5. Can you share how your background in animation influenced your book writing process?
Chrissy: I have been in the animation industry my whole working life, I have been involved in making 14 movies and by being around so many talented people, some that have even won academy awards, it really does rub off after awhile. I can see it all play in my head, I can build whole worlds in my imagination in only a few seconds. The hard part for me was training and disciplining myself to get it into the written word as I see it in my head :).
6. Your website sings of your love for your animation job, what prompted you to expand into the children’s book world?
Chrissy: I have so many ideas but never the time to bring them to life! My son was born 6 weeks early literally on my last day at work when I was working on The Jungle Book movie. So I never had a chance to switch off and in the beginning babies sleep quite a lot especially when you have a prem baby, so I decided to use that opportunity to write! it was good for me! Sometimes, when you are a new mother, it can be quite lonely. You are suddenly all by yourself with a beautiful new baby, it can take time to get used to. So my books were a way to calm my mind and help with the adjustment, and enjoy my time with my baby more.
7. I saw you had an excavation/sand exploration book about Max. Do you have other books planned for the series?
Chrissy: Yes the Sandpit, is all about Dinosaurs! its so fun! My son lovingly refers to it as his AWWWWW book haha. Yes, so many! I would love to write 10 at least, I have 3 more written in my head already just need to get them out there, its such a joy!
8. What do you hope your readers gain from the Max and the Big Imagination series?
Well in today’s modern world, its so easy to let our kids get caught up in the latest gadget or toy, and don’t get me wrong toys are great and can actually aid in imagination as worked into my books. But I think its important to give them the space to do that and also sometimes they may only need a cardboard box, a bucket and spade to bring out a HUGE Adventure :).