Where were you born? Where do you live now?
Born in Adelaide, South Australia. Now I live in Sunbury, Victoria. Where did you go to school?
In Adelaide. Both my primary and high schools have been bulldozed and replaced with shops and housing developments. Not sure what that says about my education.Did you have a nickname?
Yes, and I’m not saying what it was. What were you like in school?
Short.What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I wasn’t a naughty child. I was too concerned about upsetting people. Sure, I was probably naught at times but not on purpose. Why upset people for no good reason? Although I do remember sneaking into the kitchen early on Saturday mornings and taking the sugar biscuits from the barrel on the cupboard. We were supposed to take the biscuits on top, but they were boring. So when no one was looking, I burrowed down with my hand to feel for sugar. What was your favourite book growing up?
I had lots of favourite books. Anne of Green Gables
series, Swallows and Amazons
and A Wrinkle in Time
(my first science fiction book). And I loved books on space and legends from around the world.Who is your favourite children’s author?
My husband, David Harris. He is a nice person and an awesome writer of adventure stories. Except he lets his characters run loose. They jump out and surprise him. What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Purple, curry of any kind and Galaxy Quest
(oh and The Croods
and The Bee Movi
e). I’ve just discovered it is not possible to name just one movie. Who inspired you to write?
It is something I have always wanted to do and love doing. Stories are important and exciting. I am always encouraged by my readers to tell me that they like my stories or that they laughed so much they 'threw up'. Or slept with the light on because my story freaked them out. Or that they thought the person in the story was them.
How did you get started?
By just doing it. So many people would like to write and get all worried about it. Just tell a good story and see what happens.
Although I did do a TAFE course on writing — several actually. But it was really to make me do the writing. It was a schedule I had to keep and couldn’t put off.
I did get a husband out of it, though. David Harris was my writing teacher. He gave me an A so I married him.
How old were you?
I began writing stories as soon as I could put sentences together. I wrote my first story up a tree in my Nan’s back garden when I was about nine years old. My first published writing was when I was in my early thirties.
Why did you want to be a writer?
It’s a drive, something I have to do. It is exciting and leads to meeting awesome people, having adventures in unlikely places. Writing is freedom and I enjoy entertaining people with stories. How do you think up ideas?
By working hard at it, keep my eyes and ears open, daydreaming, asking 'What If?' and letting the idea move forward, and keeping notebooks. Lots of notebooks. Do you have a special place where you write?
I have written up a tree, on a cruise ship, in planes, schools, libraries, in bed, cafes — many places. It is good to change the place you write because it changes how you think.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
It is fun.Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as a writer?
Lots. A five year-old once asked me at an author talk, 'How old were you when you were my age?'What do you do when you are not writing?
Knit, read, walk, garden, play with my grandchildren, watch movies, and I’m learning to speak Bahasa Malayu (Malaysian language). What would you have chosen to be if you were not a writer?
A gardener or photographer. Still something creative. Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Ruth, from the Bible book of the same name. She was loyal, loving, and I would like to spend time with her. And the writing in that book is beautiful and poetic. Some of the best words ever written are those used by Ruth when she talks to her mother-in-law Naomi about sticking with her.Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I love the full moon, the scent of flowers, swimming in very large pools, honesty, hugs, and I can’t decide if my favourite colour is pink or purple. Website/blog details
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