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Saturday 21 February 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Oliver Phommavanh

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
My favourite ice cream flavour is bubblegum mixed in with nerds and marshmallows.

2. What is your nickname?

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Fast and furious pacing, snappy dialogue, crazy characters, funny scenarios!

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Eccentric, wacky, off-beat, energetic, daydreamer

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so I can explore and eat my way through Wonka’s factory.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1985, to grab all the original Nintendo games and sell them for big bucks on Ebay today!

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
How come you haven’t clocked the new Mario game yet? Your reflexes are so slow, old man!

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My fans. Kids who give me ideas, energy and reasons to keep writing new books.

10. What/who made you start writing?
My Year 3 teacher. I wanted to shock her with my wacky stories and succeeded many times. Well, I got in trouble but it was still a success in my eyes.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Dinosaur. Because it’s something extraordinary that once existed in this world, it boggles the mind that they used to rule this place!

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Bible, because I’ll always get something out of it as I get older. But if it had to be a kid’s book, probably Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, because it’ll always get a smile out of me.

Thai-Australian author Oliver Phommavanh has written several popular junior fiction books including Thai-Riffic (KBR review), Punchlines and Con-nerd. His latest book is Ethan, a title in the Stuff Happens series by Penguin Books. Visit Oliver's website and Facebook page for more information about his books and other projects. You can also chat with Oliver on Twitter.

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