2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
The Grinch! Not only is he adorably green, but his little heart grew three sizes the day he discovered Christmas didn’t come from a store, proving that we can all change
3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
Ernest Hemingway, Lynley Dodd, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Jane Austen, C.S.Lewis
4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
The cleaning machine (Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger) in The Cat in the Hat that cleans the house in an instant
5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Imagining, Researching, Persisting, Re-reading, Editing
6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
Entertaining, Engaging, Encouraging, Generous and Fun
7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
Light-filled windows, a comfortable chair, a reliable computer, a desk piled with gorgeous picture books and a great cup of coffee.
8. Grab the nearest book, open it to page 22 and look for the second word in the first sentence. Now, write a line that starts with that word. (Please include the name of the book!)
Ninja McNally had wild woolly hair. It tangled in knots and stuck in the air.
His mum tried to comb it. His dad tried to snip, but Ninja McNally was stealthily quick!
(The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton)
9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
I’d like to ask William Shakespeare, what was it that inspired him to write A Midsummer Night's Dream.
10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
Wow…..that’s a hard question!
I couldn’t imagine not doing either (does the chicken come before the egg?!) But as much as I LOVE writing, I would have to choose reading over writing. Reading inspires writing!
Coral Vass is an Australian children's author with a particular interest in picture books. Her books include Good Morning, Possum, The Hottest Dingo, and The Great Bird Poo War. Her latest picture book is Two Birds on a Wire, illustrated by Heidi Cooper Smith and published by Scholastic. Visit Coral's website for more information about her books and writing.