I dream of scoring a hattrick in a World Cup Final at least once a week.
2. What is your nickname?
Puchi – it means insect in Tamil.
3. What is your greatest fear?
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Describing the movie of the book that is playing in my head …
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Energetic, funny, busy, enthusiastic, frantic.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
Scout – because she knows right from wrong instinctively and acts on those impulses.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1863. I’d like to hear Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person – as a Malaysian, the words “ a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” still gives me goose bumps.
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
I’m glad there are a couple of soccer players in the family now (my children, Sasha and Spencer) even if we missed out.
9. Who is your greatest influence?
10. What/who made you start writing?
I told my daughter, Sasha, a story about penguins when she was two and she didn’t know what they were. I realised children in Asia needed books that reflected their own lives and experiences.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
I love hearing it when someone scores in a soccer match but it also reminds me to set my own goals and try and meet them.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Shamini Flint is an author of books for children and adults living in Singapore. Her novels for children include the popular Diary of a Soccer Star junior fiction series. Her latest book is Ten, published in April 2015 by Allen & Unwin. Visit Shamini's website and Facebook page for the latest updates on her books and author events.
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