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Tuesday 14 April 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Chris Collin

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
As a kid I used to play lots of sports. I was a better than average (but not great at all) bowler. Once however (and only once), I was the hero of the day by scoring 50 runs to win the match batting at my usual spot of number 11. What made this feat truly amazing was that my previous highest score was 7.

2. What is your nickname?
I don't really have one but people are starting to call me the Funky Chicken!

3. What is your greatest fear?
Big hairy spiders. I am improving though as we have a resident huntsman at home (named Jane) who looks after the annoying bugs for us and since she hasn't crawled on me yet she can stay.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Whacky, rhyming verse to be enjoyed by young and old!

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Fun, funky, quirky, whacky and weird!

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Tough one but I think I'd like to be one of my characters Doug the Bug to show others not to judge a book (or person) by it's cover.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I would go back to the dinosaurs to see a T-Rex (while remaining very still).

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Oh no! One day I'm going to look ancient!!

9. Who is your greatest influence?
Roald Dahl and my Dad

10. What/who made you start writing?
 I put the writing bug down to my parents Pat and Steven who, when we were kids, made us finish off silly limericks they had started.  I wrote the original version of my first book Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks at school camp as a play when my son Sam was in his last year of Primary school in 2005. This story became a book in 2013.

11. What is your favorite word and why?
Stupendous! (Stay tuned for this word in a future book)

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wow what a question! Adults - The World According to Garp; Children's - The BFG.

Chris Collin is an Australian author of books for children including Funky Chicken: A Busy Tale of Crocs and Chooks (KBR review) and A Bug Called Doug (KBR review). The next Funky Chicken story, Chooks in Space, will be available in July 2015 and is currently available for pre-order at the Funky Books website.

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