How old are you?2022-11-29T12:08:47+11:00

Not telling.

What made you want to be a writer?2022-11-29T12:26:20+11:00

A love of words, a love of poetry and a love of humanity.

When did you first begin to write?2022-11-29T12:26:53+11:00

My first memory of picking up a pen was when I was about three, but I don’t think my early efforts were much to brag about. By the time I was eight, I was producing quite long rhyming ballads that drew the admiration of adults and I’d written two small novels by the age of 12.

How long does it take to write a book?2022-11-29T12:27:38+11:00

How long is a piece of string? Theoretically, if you did everything well and made no mistakes, you could write a 60,000-word novel in three months. That wasn’t the case with me. I wrote 60,000 words very quickly then spent years (well maybe a year full time) fixing up my mistakes.

What did it feel like when you had your first book published?2022-11-29T12:28:15+11:00


Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?2022-11-29T12:29:30+11:00

Persevere, read everything you can about your genre, read everything you can about the art of writing, and be prepared to cut, cut, cut – even your best lines (I have a file that I dump all of my “treasures” into in the hope they will find new life in another book). I call it “resurrection”.

What is your favourite children’s fantasy novel?2022-11-29T12:30:43+11:00

I have many that I love. They include: The Hobbit, Silver Brumbies of the South, Dragonkeeper, The Borrowers, The Waterbabies, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Horse and his Boy and many more.

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