February 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt – Interview



Hello Readers!

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City
by Will Mabbitt!

We are so excited to have Will on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

MG fans, you don’t want to miss out on this one!


Blog Tour:  Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt – Interview

A funny fantasy-adventure series for fans of LEMONY SNICKET, NEIL GAIMAN, and CRESSIDA COWELL

What do you do when you survive a pirate kidnapping, a milk-drinking contest with a giant grizzly bear, and a stint inside the belly of a whale? If you’re Mabel Jones, you do everything you can to avoid another UNLIKELY ADVENTURE!

But when Mabel's baby sister is plucked from her crib by an EVIL witch, Mabel has no choice but to follow both to the jungles of the Forbidden City.

Joining a brand-new cast of characters—and a few familiar faces from The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones—Mabel races an arrogant fox, slays a ferocious millipede, and battles the diabolical witch. But is she prepared to make the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE to save her sister?

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Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt!
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers  on February 9, 2016
Series: Mabel Jones #2





Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

A young girl, Mabel meets animal pirates with hilarious/frightening/disgusting consequences. #bestbookever


What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

I wrote the book as a present for my daughter. I never imagined anyone else would read it.


Tell us about the main character(s).

Mabel Jones is an ordinary girl. The idea behind her character is that any child, given the opportunity, is capable of amazing things.


Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

I like the last line in the first book but I can’t tell you what it is. I also enjoy killing characters off. No-one is safe when I’m writing. Sometimes even I am surprised when they die!


Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The second book was much harder to write. I had so many ideas it’s hard to know what to include and what to cut. I’d never written to a deadline before and it was stressful.


What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

The third Mabel Jones book: Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book is out this Autumn and  I’ve got a picture book (with Fred Blunt) out in March called This is NOT a bedtime story.  I’m currently planning the fourth Mabel Jones AND writing a top-secret new book. Today is the first day of my UK schools tour. I’m visiting loads of schools around the country this week and writing these answers sitting on the floor of the train because there are no seats. (I’ve attached proof – my trainers are dirty because I had to walk across a muddy field to get to the station. It’s a glamourous life!)


It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

It was my pleasure. Thanks for having me!!!


Book 2 of the Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones: Mabel Jones and the Forbidden CIty is out RIGHT NOW!


About Will Mabbitt

Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in cafes, on trains, on the toilet, and sometimes in his head when his laptop runs out of power. He lives with his family somewhere in the south of England. Will is the author of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones and Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City. A third book about Mabel is coming soon. To learn more about Mabel, please visit


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