What inspires me to learn something new? by John Farndon

Curiosity. That’s what drives me to write books. I just love finding out about things – then sharing what I find out. Why does the Moon shine? What’s the use of laughing? How fast can birds fly? What makes things explode? Why is it cold in winter? How does your body beat off germs? What’s really going on in China?

That’s just a tiny fraction of the questions I’ve tried to find answers to in my books. And no matter how many I tackle, there’s always lots more to ask! That’s why I keep on writing – and why I write about pretty much any subject you can imagine.

The world and all the people in it are endlessly fascinating, and it’s wonderful to learn about it. Those ‘aha’ moments when you realize, ‘I get it,’ are always so exciting that you just can’t wait to share them. And the more we all know about the world, the better we’ll look after it. And the more we know about people, the better we understand and appreciate them. That’s got to be a good thing, don’t you think?

Right now I’m writing one book about movies, another about how the body works, another about the planets, and another about, maybe foolishly, how to know everything.

The brilliant thing is that when you finish each book, you’ll see it in a bookshop or online, and know that just another bit of your work is out there in the world... How good is that?


John Farndon has contributed to many Miles Kelly books, including books from our bestselling 100 Facts series. Find out about some of our other amazing authors in the Read about our authors section.

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