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Saturday 25 July 2015

12 Curly Questions with author Frank Woodley

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I can walk on my lips.

2. What is your nickname?

3. What is your greatest fear?
That I will be drinking a milkshake in front of someone I want to impress and they’ll make a joke and I’ll suck in rapidly as I laugh, and choke and a big milk bubble will appear out of my nose.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Fun mysteries that you’re just itching for Kizmet to solve.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Funny, mysterious, naughty, exciting, action.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I’d like to think I’m Harry Potter but I’m probably Winnie the Pooh.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
I think I’d go back to the day before the wheel was invented and go “Check this out.”

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Let’s make a bow and arrow.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
I’d say the biggest influence on the Kizmet books would be Sherlock Holmes.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I’ve spent the last thirty years writing and performing comedy shows, and I don’t really know why.  Making people laugh has always been very rewarding for me.  I have a theory that because I grew up in the shadow of an older brother who was better than me at everything, and I couldn’t possibly compete on a skill level, I had to somehow turn failure into my strength.  But it’s just a theory.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Meerkat.  Because I’ve found its impossible to hear it without thinking of a meerkat.  And I’m yet to find that unpleasant.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
The Art of Self Hypnosis.  And when I got to the end of it I’d say to myself “You are getting very sleepy.  Very sleepy.  When I click my fingers you will completely forget having read this book and start again from the beginning.”  (Or maybe Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

Frank Woodley is a well known Australian comedian, entertainer and television personality. He has turned his creative talents to children's literature and the result is the Kizmet junior fiction series, written and illustrated by Frank and published by Puffin. The first two books in the series are Kizmet and the Case of the Tassie Tiger and Kizmet and the Case of the Smashed Violin.

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