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Tuesday 10 June 2014

12 Curly Questions with author Choechoe Brereton

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I always carry two very precious letters with me everywhere I go. One is from my mother, the other from my husband.

2. What is your nickname?
Miracle Toes. Toes for short. My brothers gave me the name when I recovered from an illness most people never survive. They say I am a miracle from my head to my toes.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Being chased by a giant caterpillar. I hate caterpillars.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Warm. Colourful. Descriptive. Clever. Infiltrating. Powerful. Fun. Rhythmical. Inclusive. Delightful.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Loving. Observant. Honest. Encouraging. Grateful.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I would be Perry Angel from Glenda Millard’s Kingdom of Silk series. Perry is a young orphan boy who is adopted into the beautiful Silk family where he finds his place. I think it’s so important to belong somewhere and wonderful when you discover that unique home for your heart, especially if it’s a place full of warmth, love, generosity, kindness and mystery, like the Silk household, and a bit like my own household, too.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
Oh I couldn’t pick a year, it would have to be an era, the Mesozoic Era, so I could see real live dinosaurs roam the earth. Top of my list would be narrowly escaping from the jaws of a T-Rex, walking between the legs of a Brontosaurus and feeding a Triceratops a tuft of grass. Oh I do love dinosaurs!

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
She would probably ask if being an adult is any easier than being a kid.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My husband, Dominic. He doesn’t know it, but I’m a better person because of him.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I’ve always loved the idea of creating new worlds that feel just as real as the one I live in, except I can control these imaginary existences and what happens in them. I loved imagining as a kid and always made up stories. I found I could be anything or anyone I wanted to be. I needed a way to bring to life what was in my head. Words have always delighted my soul so naturally I started writing.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Home, because that’s where everything I truly love is.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Bible. I know, I know, but these are called curly questions and I really can’t lie.

Choechoe Brereton is a writer who loves creating imaginary worlds. Her first picture book, A House for Donfinkle (KBR review) is illustrated by Wayne Harris and published by Walker Books. Follow Choechoe on Facebook to keep up to date with her latest projects and news.

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