What I’m reading right now…
The new Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), The Silkworm. I wasn’t a fan of the Harry Potter series or The Casual Vacancy, but I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling. I eagerly awaited the release of this one.
My favourite book growing up (why?)…
I can’t name one favourite book – I read a lot growing up. But my absolute favourite author was Enid Blyton, so I devoured anything by her. I remember especially loving her Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, Naughtiest Girl, Famous Five, and Secret Seven series.
My all time favourite book is (why?)…
Just one?! Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s a cleverly written, intriguing story set in the gorgeous Australian bush.
The book I would recommend everyone to read (why?)…
Any one of mine, of course!
The book I wish I wrote…
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I dream of having a title in print for over forty years that practically everyone has heard of. And the royalties from selling around 38 million copies wouldn’t be too bad either…
My guilty reading pleasure is…
Nothing. I never feel guilty about anything I read and neither should anyone else. Being able to read is a gift to be enjoyed.
The book on my bookshelf that I have never read… I tried reading The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx several times and never got past the fourth page - it’s no longer taking up valuable shelf space.
The book that never should have been turned into a film… I don’t tend to watch many film adaptations and as screen and print are very different mediums for telling a story I don’t think they should be compared. Having said that, I did find the film of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code a little disappointing after reading the book.
My book is… a heart-warming journey of self-discovery set in rural South Australia.
I’ll never forget… being told a few years before signing my first contract that my writing and aim of becoming a successful novelist was ‘a pipe dream’. It’s enormously satisfying to prove someone wrong...
My favourite place is… home.
The most dangerous thing I have ever done is… whitewater rafting in Bali. Absolutely brilliant fun!
The first time I… was offered a publishing contract I cried.
I regret… nothing. Everything good and bad that has happened in my life has made me who I am and got me to where I am. After many struggles, heartbreaks, and setbacks, I’m now very content.
I remember… declaring at the age of nine that I wanted to be the next Enid Blyton.
The one piece of advice I should have listened to but didn’t… "You’re too young to get married."
I love… my life.
I hate… injustice and animal cruelty.
I wish… people weren’t so cruel.
I can’t say no to… cheese.
Yesterday, I… should have cleaned the house, but read instead.