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Monday 15 November 2010

Fun Facts with author Nette Hilton

Author Nette Hilton, in our latest Behind the Books feature, has shared with us some interesting facts about herself - a real glimpse into the person behind the books...

  • Before I was an author I was a tax officer, a governess on a sheep station, a receptionist for an Italian company (that was fun especially since I didn’t speak Italian – I learned fast, though), a receptionist in a car-sales yard for half a day, and then a teacher. I was a teacher while I was writing many of my books which meant I worked late into the night and now... tra-da!... I’m a full time, rootin’-tootin’, cotton-pickin’ writer.

Nette's top five interests are:

  • Mastering my guitar. 
  • Being able to sing a solo with my guitar – in tune. 
  • Painting – I am working at illustrating my own text and belong to an art class where I drink a lot of coffee and eat cake and splash lots of paint around. 
  • Dance – I belonged to a swing dance group who fling themselves around to music from the forties… sadly our teachers quit so now I have only tap dancing. 
  • And embroidery – it keeps me awake when I’m watching television.

Eight Little-Known Facts About Nette Hilton…

  • My bravest moment – letting a huge python slide up my arm and around my neck and then smile up at me from my hand.
  • I sometimes chuck a wobbly – big time.
  • I don’t like things that don’t work – this causes a wobbly, guaranteed.
  • The kid in The Innocents who fell into the river was me.
  • I love laughing – and my family are the ones who can make an ordinary day hilarious.
  • My mum still treats me like I’m twenty although I should be grateful – my girlfriend’s mum treats her like she’s fourteen (and she’s way older than that. So am I – that's a little known fact as well).
  • I rush a lot – once I bought a pair of shoes that were really lovely and I was so keen to wear them I forgot to take the cardboard shoe-liner out. That was bad enough –but I didn’t even discover it until I was back in the shoe shop trying on another pair because the ones I had were too tight. (I still cringe).
  • I make wishes every month on the full moon and keep them in a wish jar.