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Tuesday 8 July 2014

12 Curly Questions with author Belinda Murrell

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
One of my favourite things to do is drive the car with the music playing and sing at the very top of my voice. I’m not a great singer but I do enjoy it!

2. What is your nickname?

3. What is your greatest fear?
Like all mothers – I fear that something terrible will happen to one of my children.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Joyful. Warm. Fun. Vivid. Enticing. Entertaining. Enthralling. Empathetic. Imaginative. Colourful.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Passionate. Joyful. Adventurous. Obsessed. Connected.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Definitely Lucy Pevensie from the Narnia series. I have always dreamed of finding a door in the back of a wardrobe door which leads into another magical world. The closest I have ever found to it though is opening a good book and slipping into a different and entrancing world.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I have spent the last year researching circuses in the 1930s, for my new timeslip book The Sequin Star, which has been so much fun. So I would have to head back to 1932, the middle of the Great Depression, which was a fairly bleak time, but life in a travelling circus would be absolutely fascinating.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
 Wow!! Who would have thought that life would be such an amazing adventure? (Also who would have thought that my 10-year-old self, growing up in a vet hospital, has inspired a whole series of Lulu Bell adventures to be read by kids as far afield as Brazil and Africa?!)

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My three children. It was my kids who helped me to rediscover the power of the imagination. I have written all of my books for them. They give me ideas and feedback, tell me what they love about my books, and encourage me to keep going.

10. What/who made you start writing?
My mother always encouraged me to write from a young age. We had a house filled with books and I read as much as I could. I have been writing more or less non-stop since I was about eight years old.

11. What is your favourite picture book and why?
Are we There Yet? by Alison Lester. I love all of Alison Lester’s books, but this one is very special to me because we took this book with us when my family travelled around Australia for 18 months, and it inspired many of our adventures together. I also adore her Magic Beach.

12. If you could only read one picture book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
 Now that is a hard one! Perhaps We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. When my kids were young, this was definitely a favourite, and we still recite from it often.

The two latest books in Belinda's wonderful Lulu Bell series are out now! Learn more about Binny at belindamurrell.com.au.

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