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Saturday 14 September 2013

12 Curly Questions with author/photographer Jan Latta

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I was painfully shy as a young girl.

2. What is your nickname? 
I don't have one now but when I was married my nickname was the Dutchess.

3. What is your greatest fear? 

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
I write creative non-fiction books about endangered animals.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer. 
Dedicated to help endangered animals.

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
The naughty and adorable wombat, from Jackie French's Diary of a Wombat. He makes me smile.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
I love now. I don't want to go back to the past.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now? 
I didn't think you could be so brave.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
Karl Ammann, a great wildlife photographer. He was my mentor when I was learning to be a wildlife photographer. Richard Attenborough, a pioneer for TV shows about animals. Locally, it was Susanne Gervay who guided me through the maze of publishing.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
A mountain gorilla inspired me to start writing. When I realised there were only 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, I felt so sad, so I wrote about the animals so children could understand and help save them.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Love – it makes everything worthwhile.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I find that impossible to answer.

Jan Latta is a wildlife photographer and author who writes creative non-fiction books for children about endangered animals. You can find out more about her work at her website, True to Life Books.

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