- Why did you want to be a writer?
I wanted to write books even before I could write. My first book, made when I was four years old, was a picture story about a little mermaid. I had to draw pictures to make the book, because I couldn’t write. The book doesn’t exist anymore (it probably went up the vacuum cleaner!) but my love of books and writing has never left me.
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I get paid to day-dream.
Also, it’s an awesome thing to live in the world inside my head, the world of the imagination. While I’m writing a book, that imagined world is much more real to me than this world. Another wonderful thing about being a writer is receiving letters from readers who love my stories. It’s amazing to realise that my dreams have been shared by someone else.
- What’s your favourite New Zealand book?
Ah… a hard question. I have several favourite NZ writers – Margaret Mahy and Joy Cowley at the top — but no single book I love the best.
- What do you love most about New Zealand?
Freedom of speech. The freedom to write what we want to write, and not be imprisoned for it.
- What do you love most about libraries?
A library is like a cave full of treasure — every book another world to be explored, another dream to be shared. What riches! I always feel overwhelmed in a library, hoping I choose the right world for me, and don’t miss out on another one that I’d also love. Mind you, books can be dangerous, too … a book could change your life. My life has been changed several times, by books I’ve read.