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Saturday 12 April 2014

12 Curly Questions with author/illustrator Marc Martin

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I really like dipping Camembert cheese into hot coffee until it’s slightly melted. Weird, I know. It’s like the French equivalent of sucking hot chocolate through a Tim-Tam!

2. What is your nickname?
Ha. I have two nicknames — one is Mau Mau, because my name sounds like that when you say it fast. Sometimes when I introduce myself on the phone I have to say my name very slowly so people understand it. My other nickname is Marco Martini, because my name is easily adapted to sound like a cabaret singer.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Not achieving all the things I want to do.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I’m more illustrator than writer, more daydreamer than over-achiever.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
My illustration is considered, colourful, textured, layered, and playful.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I’d be Wally from Where’s Wally? — he gets to go to so many interesting places!

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I’d go to the very beginning of time — I’d like to see the big bang happen.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Can you draw me a spaceship?

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
There’s lots of people who influence me! Illustration wise, I’d have to say Charley Harper — his use of geometry, pattern and texture was unparalleled, and the sheer amount of work he produced is astounding.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I started writing and illustrating my own books because I needed a creative outlet that wasn’t just about fulfilling a brief (I used to be graphic designer).

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Truc — it’s a French word that means ‘thing’. It’s very handy to know if you’re lost for words.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. I love the mix of realism, insight, and humour.

Marc's latest book, Max, is available now (see our review here); Penguin Books, $24.99 RRP. You can find out more about Marc's illustrations and other creative projects at his website and Facebook page.

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