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Tuesday 26 May 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Renee Price

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I’m the ‘Renee’ Rick Price sang about. Well, not really… but I did see him walking his dog down the street once!

In honesty, it’s a life-long dream of mine to become a presenter on Play School (not many people outside my family know that).

2. What is your nickname?
I have several! There’s Nee Nee or Nee, Pricey, Midge, Mini, Shorty (sense a common theme happening, here?!) One of my primary school teachers called me, ‘Half’. He thought he was pretty clever, coming up with that one.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Being alone in the house at night… Creeps me right out!

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Imaginative, humorous, colourful and quirky, that invites exploration and investigation.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Observant, eager, committed, evolving, fun.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I have always envied David from Margaret Wild’s, There’s a Sea in my Bedroom. How awesome would it be to jump waves and swim through your room-turned-ocean! (Plus, I’m scared of the sea’s enormity as David was, so the controlled environment is right up my alley!)

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1975 – I’m unsure of the exact date, but it’s the year my mother stood at her high-school gate, amongst many screaming teenage girls, to meet John (Johnny) Farnham. I would LOVE to have been standing next to her when he came to say hi. I ‘heart’ Johnny!

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Wow. You look old.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My eldest son, Leroy. He is the reason I started writing, and the reason I continue to write (plus, he comes up with some cracking story ideas!)

10. What/who made you start writing?
See answer above! I hadn’t written since school, but I wanted to create (for Leroy). It started off as a few story and song ideas then became a dedicated venture early last year, after my second bub was born.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Donkey. It’s amusing to say AND hear (and has so many uses to describe a number of people in my life… in the most endearing way, of course!)

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

Renee Price is an Australian author and songwriter. Her first picture book, Digby's Moon Mission, illustrated by Anil Tortop, was published in 2014. Visit the CreateIt Kids website and the Digby Moon Mission Facebook page for more information about Renee and her creative projects.

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