I’ve been published under a pseudonym.
2. What is your nickname?
3. What is your greatest fear?
That we, as a race, wreck the world we live on.
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Story is god and good people die in happy endings.
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Brave, reckless, challenging, compassionate, honest.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
Sam Gribley from My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I like his courage and independence, his intimacy with nature and I’d love a pet falcon.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1788. To put the idea of terra nullius to bed a help negotiate a better deal for the locals.
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
You’re bald! Ha!
9. Who is your greatest influence?
My uncle Reg – a true bohemian who taught me that art is for everybody.
10. What/who made you start writing?
An editor picked me up when I was hitchhiking. He said I should write for his magazine, so I did.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
I love the poetry in ‘onomatopoeia’.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chuck Bukowski’s The Pleasures of the Damned.
Scot Gardner is an Australian author of books for children and teens. His titles include White Ute Dreaming, Bookmark Days and Burning Eddy. His latest title, Stuff Happens: Fadi, is part of a junior fiction series published by Penguin. Visit Scot's website for more information.
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