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Tuesday 1 October 2013

12 Curly Questions with author Simon Milne

1. Can you tell us something hardly anyone knows about you?
When I was a teenager I won a silver medal in a springboard diving competition.

2. Do you have a nickname?
No, but my close friends call me “Si”.

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. Can you describe your writing style for us in ten words?
Writing picture books means using as few words as possible!

5. Can you give us five positive words that describe you as a writer?
Quiet, simple, classical and (hopefully) uplifting.

6. What book character would you most like to be, and why?
I’d rather not be a character in a book!
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1912, to watch Nijinsky dance in L’apres midi d’un faune.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Keep it real.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
A lot of people, but Degas and Shel Silverstein for “The Dance Teacher”.

10. What or who made you start writing?
This picture book was inspired by my two daughters, who love to dance.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Allow.  It opens up a word of possibilities.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
That would be very difficult, but I would probably choose a Shakespeare play – perhaps Richard III.

Simon Milne's new book, The Dance Teacher, is illustrated by Chantal Stewart and published by Allen & Unwin. It is available now in all good bookshops and online.

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