What inspired Amulet?
Kazu: When I was in college, I read Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki and Bone by Jeff Smith. I wanted to someday create a series of graphic novels that could sit next to these two works and feel like it belonged on the same shelf. I even keep Nausicaa and Bone on my desk next to me while I work to remind myself. I also wanted to write about growing up with my brother, and our experiences having to help our parents out financially while we were in our early 20s. So, Amulet is a combination of many inspirational fantasy/sci-fi movies, games and books combined with the emotions of what our family went through in the years after my brother and I graduated college.
How many Amulet books do you plan to write?
Kazu: The Amulet series will be completed with book 9.
Do you plan to make more books after Amulet is done?
Kazu: Yes. I have been developing a different series for a long time. The project is something I started working on years before Amulet was published, though the project is not quite as old as Amulet is (I started thinking about Amulet in high school, and I started working on the other project in college).
Is Amulet going to be made into a movie or show?
Kazu: An Amulet movie is currently in development at Temple Hill Productions.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists and writers?
Kazu: Give yourself room and time to make lots of mistakes. Just schedule it in. If you stay focused on trying to learn and get better at something- anything- you will learn to work with and around the mistakes over time. Stay patient, and stay focused.
Where can I send a letter for the author?
Kazu: I currently receive too much reader mail that I am unable to respond to letters. The volume of email has also reached a point that I am unable to answer most of the emails sent. However, if you do want to send something, I recommend doing it by way of sending email to email@example.com.