1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
At the moment I live in Germany.
2. What is your nickname?
‘Meri’ or ‘Mere' are the most common ones.
3. What is your greatest fear?
Forgetting to save my work or not backing it up properly on the computer.
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I always end up writing more than I am meant to.
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
That’s a really hard question! Here are five words I would love to hear used about my writing: funny, surprising, interesting, enjoyable, entertaining.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
I would love to be any character with magical powers — especially if one of those powers was being able to fly.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I would be very interested to see what the dinosaurs looked like — but only if they couldn’t see me!
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
When I was ten my two biggest wishes were to be a writer and to visit the moon. If I could speak to my ten-year-old self today I would say that the moon visit is looking unlikely but to stick with the writing. I would also tell myself not to get a perm when I turn fifteen.
9. Who is your greatest influence?
I am influenced by lots of things: my family, my friends, things I see out the window, conversations I overhear, the books I read and the movies I see. Influence can come from anywhere so I try to keep my eyes and ears open.
10. What/who made you start writing?
Writing and making up stories is one of those things I’ve always done. I got a lot of encouragement from my parents and I also had a couple of great teachers who made me realise that maybe writing was something I could do as a profession.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
At the moment my favourite word is a German one: Nacktschnecke. It’s the word for ‘slug’ but it literally translates as ‘naked snail’ which makes me laugh every time I hear it.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would choose the longest one I could find. That way by the time I finished it maybe I would’ve forgotten about what had happened at the start.
Meredith's latest series, The Tinklers Three, is available now from Hardie Grant Egmont. The first three books are: A Very Good Idea (read our KBR review here), An Excellent Invention and The Coolest Pool. More titles will be published throughout 2014.
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