I speak bad Italian.
2. Do you have a nickname and if so, what is it?
I never had one.
3. What is your greatest fear?
Losing one of my children.
4. Can you describe your writing style for us in ten words?
Spare, clean and free of too many adjectives and adverbs.
5. Can you give us five positive words that describe you as a writer?
Unsentimental, considered, empathetic, persevering, optimistic.
Elnora in A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
2050 to see how the world had survived climate change and how my adult children and grandchildren were faring.
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Keep reading – the best investment in your future career!
9. Who is your greatest influence?
Carol Burns – a writing teacher I had in London.
10. What or who made you start writing?
A love of reading.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Love – it covers everything from admiration to deep passion.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
A History of Reading by Alberto Mangual.
Libby Gleeson is an award-winning Australian author of books for children. She and illustrator Freya Blackwood have worked together in the past on titles including Amy and Louis and Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House (KBR review). Their latest book, The Cleo Stories, was published by Allen & Unwin in October 2014. Visit Libby Gleeson's website for more information about her books and writing.
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