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Tuesday 24 June 2014

12 Curly Questions with author Paul Seden

1.Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I got my pace because children at school chased me home with insects.

2. What is your nickname? 
Well, my nickname with my peer group now, which doesn’t seem hard-hitting for my 100+ kilo frame, is ‘Paulie’. 

3. What is your greatest fear?
Particular insects tend to get me a bit jumpy.

4. Can you describe your writing style in ten words?
Scrabble, I try to make words out of blocked letters

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Silly, abstract, humorous, creative, spaghetti. 

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Fantastic Mr Fox – he’s a bit Robin Hoodish.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
Maybe day one – and say “you don’t want to eat that”.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Are you wearing a circus tent?

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My mum would be up there with her wooden spoon.

10. What/who made you start writing?
The 'itch'. If you ever have an itch, go for it, whether it be to commence a journey or be a writer or something else of a creative nature. Listen to yourself first then deal with the critics later and hope one of them is on the same page.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
It would have to be ‘Oiy’. It can replace hello, replace a person’s name you forgot, yo can say it when the ref gives a bad decision, when something scares you, when you find an item you misplace, text it to let them know you’ve received a message and so-forth. It’s pretty handy.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
The Never Ending Story. Sorry that’s just an eighties joke.

Paul Seden has a background working with Indigenous kids in the schools of Darwin and remote communities in the Northern Territory. This was the inspiration for Kick with My Left Foot, his first picture book, published by Allen & Unwin in June 2014.

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