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Tuesday 10 February 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Dianne Touchell

Photo credit: Photography Project
1. Can you tell us something hardly anyone knows about you?
I have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea  and one prosthetic hip.  There – now everyone knows and I’ll never get another date...

2. Do you have a nickname and if so, what is it?  
I’ve never had a nickname.  I once labeled my stationery in the workplace with “Di” and someone in my absence put an “e” on the end of every label, but I don’t think that counts.

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. Can you describe your writing style for us in ten words?
Concise, empathetic transcription of the many voices in my head.

5. Can you give us five positive words that describe you as a writer?
Careful, Listener, Reader, Curious, Brave

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Matilda.  Because she uses her powers to give people what they deserve.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
2262.  I’ve always had a thing about being a crew member on the Star Ship Enterprise.  I wouldn’t want to wear a red shirt though...

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
‘Be kinder to me’.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
I’m a magpie.  I tend to be influenced by whomever or whatever I am drawn to at any given time.

10. What or who made you start writing?
I discovered a library when I was 6 and started reading.  Stories became everything to me.  I began reading picture books and early chapter books and would be so distraught when they ended that I started writing the story from where the author left off.  Then I started writing my own stories.  So I guess it was books that made me start writing.  Books, libraries and other people’s stories.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Backpfeifengesicht (n): a face that cries out for a fist in it.  I wish there was an English equivalent.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
W.B. Yeats, Complete Poems.

Dianne Touchell is an Australian YA author who writes contemporary fiction for teens. Her first book, Creepy & Maud, was published by Fremantle Press in 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Award in the Older Readers category. Her latest book, A Small Madness, was recently published by Allen & Unwin. Visit Dianne's website and Facebook page for more information about her books and writing.

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