Author Interview


What was your favourite story/character?

My favourite character was Algy in the Biggles stories by Capt. WE Johns. They were adventure stories set in wonderfully exotic places.


What was your most embarrassing moment?

I had met a girl that I liked. My friend then rang me up, pretending he was the girl, and asked me out to the movies. Before I could say yes, I had to get my parents permission. They, of course, wanted to know the details and then made a big thing out of me going out with a girl. I still remember the embarrassment when I later found that my so-called friend had tricked me.


What did you most like and dislike about school?

Science was my favourite and best subject especially chemistry. I mostly enjoyed school, but particularly disliked it when teachers were wrong and wouldn't admit to it: that got me into a lot of trouble.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a vet. However it required getting a scholarship to study in Australia, and the careers advisor at the school told me I was too dumb to get one, so I didn't try. I ended up being a science teacher.


Who is the most interesting person you've met in your life?

Ronald Hugh Morrieson, a New Zealand novelist whose talent was never fully recognized when he was alive. I visited his house to play snooker on a couple of occasions. Meeting and talking to him convinced me that you didn't have to be a special person to become a writer.


If you had one wish, what would it be?

That more people understood that living on this planet is a partnership between humans and all the other living thing.


How many people in your household?

Two, my wife and myself.


Do you have any pets? 

We have an English springer spaniel called TeeCee.


Your advice to aspiring young authors.

Read, read, and read! Then take the books that you really like and try to identify why you liked them. The things you discover are likely to help with your own writing.


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