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Saturday 9 November 2013

12 Curly Questions with author Ambelin Kwaymullina

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I can’t sing. No, wait…people from my karaoke days know that.

I’m not very graceful … umm, anyone who’s ever seen me trip over my own feet knows that too – and that’s a lot of people.

Hmm. How about this? I’m still waiting to grow up.

I’m increasingly starting to worry it’s never going to happen.

2. What is your nickname? 
Don’t have one. All suggestions gratefully accepted. A nickname would make me one of the cool kids.

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Caffeine fuelled dark-of-night obsessive struggle for story greatness.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Hard-working. Dedicated. Alright, obsessive.
Sets high standards. Perfectionist
Caring. Sensitive. Emotional.
Attentive. Focussed. Fixated.

So, an obsessive emotional fixated perfectionist. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Also honest.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
The Midnight Cat, because in the end she brings everyone together. (and if you haven’t read John Brown, Rose and Midnight Cat, you really should).

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
100 years into the future, to see how it all turns out. And to do the following:
(a)  wear hoverboots
(b)  ride an elevator to outer space
(c)   visit the city on the moon

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
I thought you’d be taller.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My family.

10. What/who made you start writing?
The stories themselves. They swirl around inside my head; they whisper words into my ear and demand to be born. They make me happy, sad, angry, frightened and hopeful by turns, and they will not be silenced or satisfied until the hazy stuff of ideas takes form and flight into this world.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Possibility. Because it contains the world.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Do Not Go Around the Edges by Daisy Utemorrah. Because every time I read it I find a new truth.

Ambelin Kwaymullina's latest book is the YA novel The Disappearance of Ember Crow, the second book in The Tribe series. You can read KBR's review of the first book, The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, here. The Disappearance of Ember Crow was released by Walker Books Australia on 1 November 2013 and is available in all good bookstores and online for $19.95 RRP. Visit The Firstwood website to find out more about The Tribe series and Ambelin's website for more information about her other books, writing and illustration.

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