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Tuesday 28 April 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Anthony Horowitz

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I sing in the bath.

2. What is your nickname?
My friends call me Ant (obviously).

3. What is your greatest fear?
I have many. I am afraid of wasps, spiders and snakes.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
 I try to write books that people want to read.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer. 
What is it with all these numbers? OK. Fast, easy, fun, exciting, adventurous.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I’d like to be young, good-looking and successful. I’d like to have a more dangerous life. So I suppose I wouldn’t mind being Alex Rider.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I’d go back to 1600 and meet Shakespeare.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now? 
How did you get to be so old?

9. Who is your greatest influence?
In literature, Charles Dickens. In life, probably my wife.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I realized when I was ten years old that I loved telling stories. Also, as my teachers kept on telling me, I wasn’t any good at anything else.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
I like the word “withy” – and I bet you don’t even know what it means! It’s a willow branch which you’ll find sticking out of the water in rivers in Suffolk. Withies show sailors where the shallows are. It’s such an odd little word for such a lovely thing – that’s why I like it.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. All the best lines from hundreds of different books.

Anthony Horowitz is a popular and prolific writer, well-known for his best-selling Alex Rider series, which has sold in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. You can find out more at the Alex Rider website and Facebook page, or visit Anthony's website for information about his other books and writing projects.

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