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Tuesday 22 March 2011

Fun Facts: Ursula Dubosarsky

We love learning more about our favourite authors, and Ursula Dubosarsky is not only really really lovely - it's so much fun getting inside such a creative brain!
How do you get your ideas?
From lots and lots of places – ideas are everywhere. I get ideas watching, listening, reading, talking, dreaming, even swimming.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, since I was six years old. I wanted to write a book about a bus driver.
How many books have you written?About 20.
How long does it take you to write a book?Probably about a year (I don't do any writing in the school holidays).
How does a story get made into a book?I send my story in an envelope to some people called a publisher. The publisher has a big machine which prints the story into pages and sticks it all together.
Do you draw the pictures in your books?No, the publisher finds the artists to do all the pictures. I can only do the words.
How do you pronounce your name?Ersh-ala Doob-oh-sars-kee.
Where does your name come from?"Ursula" means little girl bear cub in Latin. "Dubosarsky" is my husband's last name. He is from Argentina but his grandparents were from Russia so it's a Russian name.
How much money do you get?I get about a dollar for each book sold, so it depends how many are sold.
Have you won any prizes?I have won a few prizes - once I even won a medal!
Are you famous?If I was famous, you wouldn't have to ask that question!!!
Do you ride in a limousine?No, a 1986 Silver Volvo.
Do you have any kids?Yes, three. A girl called Maisie, and two boys, Dover and Bruno.
Why do you write about guinea-pigs so much?They are my favourite mammal. I like the way they squeak and hide under their little blanket.
What's your favourite book that you wrote?Honey and Bear.
What's your favourite book that you've ever read?Biquette the White Goat by Francoise.
Do you know anyone famous?I once saw Prince Charles on the street and once the purple Wiggle waved at me (I think).
Do you have any pets?Yes - two guinea pigs called Einstein and Sooty and two chickens called Belinda and Snowy White.
What's your favourite food?White chocolate cheesecake.