Where were you born?
Where do you live now?
Where did you go to school?
Edendale Primary, Remuera Intermediate, Selwyn College for six months, then moved to Australia and went to Southport State High, Southport, Gold Coast (and did one year of correspondence school while we travelled).
Did you have a nickname?
What were you like in school?
Quiet, dreamer, book-nerd.
What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I wagged (missed) school while at Southport State High School.
What was your favourite book growing up?
I can jump puddles, Enid Blyton, Nevil Shute.
Who is your favourite children’s author?
lan Bradley, Katherine Applegate, Margaret Mahy.
What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Greek salad, blue-green, My Brilliant Career.
Who inspired you to write?
It was something I always wanted to do (from 12 years old). When I started reading picture books to my children I became more determined to write my own books.
How did you get started? How old were you?
I was in my early forties and my daughter was in afternoon kindy. I finally had time to attend courses and start writing.
Why did you want to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading books and wanted to create some of that magic myself.
How do you think up ideas?
Sometimes they just pop into my head, sometimes it is something I’ve heard (on TV, news, etc.) or I read about something and thought it would make a great story.
Do you have a special place where you write?
I have my own office. It fits two desks and a bookcase.
What is the best thing about being an author?
It’s very creative so it is very fulfilling, and I can be my own boss.
Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an author?
I’ve had a lot of laughs with other authors and illustrators. We tend to see the funny side of life.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m reading – no surprises there, walking on a local beach, or cooking for the family.
What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author?
A journalist or photographer.
Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Gerald Durrell – he would have many interesting and funny animal stories. Also Frank Worsley – such an adventurer.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I travelled around Australia with my parents and two siblings for two years in between attending High School on the Gold Coast. We lived in a caravan and fossicked for gemstones, fished in outback-rivers, and met many interesting characters. While in my early twenties I travelled to England, Europe, India, China and the Middle East (Israel, Egypt). I worked as a Nanny, barmaid, grape picker, ice cream scooper, and shepherdess. When I came home after three years away, I trained as a Primary School teacher. I taught at Intermediate for three years, before having my own children. I relief taught over a ten-year period at schools, for Parent Centre, and taught four-year olds school-preparatory lessons.