Where were you born? Where do you live now?
I was born in Sydney. I currently live in Lajamanu, a remote community in the Northern Territory.Where did you go to school?
I attended a number of schools around Sydney — Eastwood Public, Beecroft Public, Arden Anglican School and Pymble Ladies’ College.Did you have a nickname?
Apart from ‘Tam,’ not really.What were you like in school?
I was pretty well-behaved and hardworking, but didn’t take myself too seriously. I liked hanging around with fun kids.What is the naughtiest thing you did?
When I was 13 or 14 we were given a physical education assignment to make up a hip hop dance. My group wanted to be different, so we performed an interpretive dance to classical music instead. Our teacher was not happy.What was your favourite book growing up?Playing Beatie Bow
by Ruth Park. I initially picked it up because my older sister liked it and I wanted to prove I could read whatever she could. And after I’d read it once I read it again and again and again. I loved the history, mystery and intriguing characters.Who is your favourite children’s author?
Roald Dahl.What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Food: green peas and chocolate
Movie: the old musicals I watched as a kid including The Wizard of Oz
, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
and The Sound of Music
.Who inspired you to write?
No one in particular, but reading books by good writers was certainly always inspirational. My Mum has also always been very supportive of my writing.How did you get started?
I wrote stories while I was at school but there were always guidelines suggesting how long the stories should be, what they should be about, etc. After school I didn’t write for a while. Then one day I just felt like writing for myself, and it went from there!How old were you?
Nineteen or twenty.Why did you want to be a writer?
I enjoy making up stories and characters in my head, and get a thrill out of writing it all down and sharing it with other people.How do you think up ideas?
A lot of my ideas come from things I have seen or experienced, people I have met or places I have been.Do you have a special place where you write?
No, I like to move around a lot when I write. Sometimes I write at my desk, sometimes on the couch, sometimes outside.What is the best thing about being a writer?
Just writing, because I enjoy it! But it was also pretty cool to see the words I wrote in a real book.What do you do when you are not writing?
I am a youth worker in Lajamanu, and my work involves running programs and activities for kids and young men and women after school and on the weekends. We do lots of art, sport, cooking, photography and reading and writing. So that takes up a lot of my time!What would you have chosen to be if you were not a writer?
Maybe a pastry chef because I’ve always liked watching cooking shows and love baking cakes and cookies.
Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Nelson Mandela.Website/blog details