Your questions, My Answers

(or all the fun facts i couldn't fit in my official bio)

1. What is your favourite colour?

Oh no! That's too hard. Don't make me pick just one. I do like to wear red though. I seem to have more red jackets than there are days of the week. (At least I did, until I reduced my wardrobe to a backpack to go on an adventure overseas.)

2. Do you like drawing or writing best?

Some days I like drawing. Some days I like writing. The best days are when I get to do a bit of both. (Lately is has been writing, writing, writing...)

3. Where did you grow up?

In a little town called Forster on the coast of NSW. I spent most summers at the beach, or by Wallis Lake.

4. Do you have pets?

No, but the neighbour has a dog called Audrey who likes to bark at night. Does that count?

5. What’s your favourite book?

The one I’m reading at the moment. I generally like humour, adventure and mystery stories. I also like to read interesting non-fiction books, ones about cultures or history; the most interesting ones have pictures! All books should have pictures!

 

Authors I like include Terry Pratchett, Gerald Durrell, Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Agatha Christie. I’m not separating them for kids and adults. I still like to read ‘kids’ books. 

 

Some great Australian authors include Alison Lester, Judith Rossell (another fantabulous illustrator and author) - you really should read her book ‘Withering by Sea’, Andy Griffiths, Jackie French and Shaun Tan. 

 

Ok my turn to ask you a question! Do you have a favourite Australian author? If you do I’d love to know about them. You can tell me here.

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I'm always looking for new books to read.

6.What do you like to write about?

I like writing humorous adventure stories. Sometimes there may even be a bit of mystery. I like to make stuff up, so I don’t think you’ll find me writing a non-fiction book about the secret lives of pyjama squid or sloths or anything else soon.

7. Where do you get your ideas?

I usually get my ideas while doing some totally unexciting task, like cleaning out my studio or cooking or driving (though perhaps I shouldn’t admit this). While my hands are otherwise occupied my mind is free to wander. It usually comes back with something interesting. 

8. Do you start with pictures or words?

Good question! Usually I imagine a scene and can visualise it in my mind, then I write or draw it down. 

9. If you had one wish what would it be?

To be able to write and draw at the same time. Alas, I cannot. 

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