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Tuesday 19 November 2013

12 Curly Questions with author Dianne Bates

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I have a deformed bellybutton, the result of a circus pony biting me when I was nine years old.

2. What is your nickname? 
Daisy, Di and Di Di 3. What is your greatest fear? Losing my darling husband, Bill Condon (also a children’s author)

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Fast paced, memorable, ruthlessly edited.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Professional, prolific, persistent, creative, proactive.

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
God (why goes without saying)

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
I would go to the year of my birth and start all over again, but with different parents.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now? 
Is life always going to be as miserable as it is now? (Answer to my ten-year-old self: No, life gets much, much better. Just hang in there and you will be richly rewarded.)

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My husband, Bill Condon, who shows me how to be a better person all the time.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
I was seconded to the NSW Department of Education School Magazine under the editorship of Lilith Norman.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
‘Yes’ offers so many possibilities in life.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Question does not compute, as the old TV show's robot used to say. I need variety – how could I just read one book forever? No one book is that good!

Visit Di's website, Writing for Children, to find out more about her books and writing courses. Di's latest book is The Girl in the Basement, published by Morris Publishing Australia in June 2013 (KBR review here).

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