I sometimes dance by myself on our slippery kitchen floor.
2. What is your nickname?
3. What is your greatest fear?
Being locked in a coma.
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I try to always write spare, honest and lyrical stories.
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Familiar, funny, inquisitive, pithy, subversive.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
Pippi Longstocking, free and brave.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I’d probably go back to just before the first world war and stop it and the second world war, so all those people didn’t die.
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Whoa! I didn’t think I’d become a writer.
9. Who is your greatest influence?
A mix of people; my parents, some teachers, friends, Eddy (my husband) and my kids.
10. What/who made you start writing?
A desperate attempt to get out of teaching.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Yes, it opens all sorts of doors.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Eagan.
Alison Lester is a well known and loved Australian author and illustrator. She shares the privilege of being Australia's first children's laureate with Boori Monty Pryor, a position they hold for two years (2012-2013). You can find out more about Alison, her books and her projects to encourage children to develop a love of reading and creativity at her website.
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