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Tuesday 24 July 2012

12 Curly Questions with author Felice Arena

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I have hairy toes. Apparently in China this is suppose to be very lucky. Here - it's just plain freaky. 

2. What is your nickname? 
Mostly 'Fleech'. Sometimes 'Specky Dude' Occasionally 'Garry Lyon'.

3. What is your greatest fear? 
That I don't get to do all the things I want to in this lifetime.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Visual. Fast-paced. Boys-zy. Sporty. Adventurous. Easy. Fun. Upbeat. Humorous. Positive.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Thoughtful. Playful. Current. Heartfelt. Energetic.

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
Tough question. I'm a sum of all my characters I write rolled into one. In terms of a character from a book I haven't written... um, Tom Sawyer. I like his wild sense of adventure, worldly curiosity, and nonstop energy (oh, and his cheekiness). I like to think I possess a lot of those qualities.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
1750 to 1780. Yes, that's specific I know. But I've actually had vivid dreams set in this period. Maybe I lived there in a former life - hanging out with all those early classical/rococo dudes. And by 'dudes' I mean artists, writers, musicians in Parisian, Venetian and Viennese salons. 

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now? 
"What? No Olympic medal in the fifty-metre butterfly event?"

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My greatest influence is an amalgamation of different people throughout my life. There are too many to list. I think we are all influenced by the type of folk we surround ourselves with. 

10. What/who made you start writing? 
Nostalgia. I wrote my first novel in England thinking of my days growing up in country Victoria. Once it was published I decided to venture down that long path (or so I hoped at the time) of living a full and rewarding life as an author. 

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
This varies from week to week, depending on my mood. Today it's... serendipitous!

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A book filled with 365 short stories and then I could read one each day for a full year and repeat every year for the rest of my life ...

Andy Roid and the Camp Howl Crusaders and Andy Roid and the Heroes of the Night are the latest books in the Andy Roid series. Out now!

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