I think my hidden talent is my ability to communicate with and appreciate the natural world.
I enjoy watching birds or any other creatures going about their day. I’m woken early every morning by the singing of magpies, who love roosting in a nearby tree. Sometimes the young ones warble too early. I think they are still getting their morning song timing right.
2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
My favourite literary villain is Aaron Blabey’s Pig the Pug. Pig is a gross character, selfish and conniving, but so very human. Also, I once owned a pug who was so much like Pig they could be brothers.
3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
I’d invite my daughter Ambelin, Bruce Pascoe, Bronwyn Bancroft, Andy Griffiths and Alison Lester.
They are all wonderful storytellers with a sense of humour, so it would be a fun evening.
4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
My first thought was – What’s a literary invention? – so I looked it up.
If I could make anything about literature real it would be to shed more light and understanding through the books that challenge us to deepen our humanity, to redefine our definition of sentient, to raise our consciousness and to love, love, love the world we live in.