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Saturday 9 August 2014

12 Curly Questions with author Kate McCaffrey

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
When I was seventeen I was a spruiker in Myer. I used to stand in front of a table of odd sale items and call shoppers to where “the red light is flashing”. I used to put on a radio announcer’s voice and make up the benefits and create desire for whatever piece of crap I was trying to flog! It was probably my first experience in “on the spot” fiction!

2. What is your nickname? 

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Realistic, contemporary and uncompromising, dealing with the big teenage issues.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Realistic, contemporary and uncompromising, always!

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Atticus Finch. He was the epitome of truth, justice and equality.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1920s- to the height of the Roaring Twenties. I love the fashion and the decadence- besides, I want to marry the Great Gatsby- Daisy was a fool!

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
First impressions are usually right when it comes to people! And, never give up.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My father and my mother.

10. What/who made you start writing?
Me. I was always that kid at school who wrote the short novella, when we had to write a short story. I always loved writing and the idea of being a published writer was a dream.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Bizarre. It looks bizarre and sounds bizarre. Also, procrastinate and discombobulate (they have connotations of other things!)

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Tough one. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I spent most of my childhood in wardrobes trying to find a doorway to Narnia.

Kate McCaffrey is an Australian author of young adult fiction. Kate's previous novels include Destroying Avalon, In Ecstasy and Beautiful Monster. Her latest novel, Crashing Down (KBR review), was published by Fremantle Press in July 2014. Visit Kate's website to find out more about Kate and her writing.

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