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Saturday 29 March 2014

12 Curly Questions with author Lollie Barr

Photo credit: Katrina James
1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I used to suck my thumb. It smelled of mold but I loved it. I’m very lucky that I didn’t end up with bucked teeth.

2. What is your nickname?
Lol. As in laugh out loud or lots of love but short for Lollie.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Being in a cage with 142 rats.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Fast paced, funny, character driven, plot motivated, emotional comedy drama.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Imaginative. Laugh out loud. Humanistic.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Jo from The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. The series of three books entirely shaped my imagination as a kid. I’m still travelling the world looking for strange lands.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1967. Swinging London. I’m fascinated by the Sixties with its great fashion and incredible music. I would love to have hung out with Jimmi Hendrix.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
You’re going to have an amazing life. Learn to trust yourself.

9. Who is your greatest influence?

My Mum. She’s smart, loving, funny and loves an adventure.

10. What/who made you start writing?
My first short story won a prize at High School. I didn’t ever set out to be a writer, although I wrote plays, songs and press releases when I worked in the music industry. Then I got job on New Woman magazine in London. I worked my way up from PA to senior writer.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Apparently. Apparently.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
My favourite ever book is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The parallels to today are striking.

 Lollie Barr is an international freelance journalist and author. She has written for numerous well-known magazines and is the author of the young adult novel The Mag Hags. She divides her time between Mullumbimby, Australia and Berlin, Germany. Keep up to date with Lollie's latest news by following her on Twitter. (@LollieBarr)

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