- Why did you want to be a writer?
I think most writers start by being enthusiastic readers, and I’m no different. Through reading I discovered how much I loved the feeling of falling into another world, of living another life, becoming someone completely different to myself. Writing is just another way of visiting different worlds – ones that I can control!
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
The best thing about being a writer is when someone reads your book and tells you how much they enjoyed it.
- What’s your favourite New Zealand book?
That’s a hard one – there are so many great New Zealand books! One that stands out for me is Salt by Maurice Gee. I love the characters and the way he has made the world they live in come to life.
- What do you love most about New Zealand?
I love our beautiful beaches!
- What do you love most about libraries?
All the great memories of when Mum used to take me and my brother to our local library once a week all through my school years. Being allowed to check out five books a week gave me the freedom to try lots of different authors and types of books, so I read a lot of wonderful books I would never have discovered otherwise. Come to think of it, that hasn’t changed! I still love going to the library and checking out books I wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to read.
Tania Hutley has published short stories for adults and children, which have been published in Pick n’ Mix and Great Mates. Tania has also published two novels, Tough Enough and 99 Flavours of Suck. She currently works full-time as the editor of an online newspaper.