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Tuesday 13 October 2015

12 Curly Questions with author and illustrator Beci Orpin

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I cant drive! But I’m an avid bike-rider.

2. What is your nickname?
I guess it’s Beci – my really name is Rebecca, but only my dad calls me by my full name.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Slugs / snails / anything slimy (especially anything slimy without legs).

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Can I just use 3 please? : Personal, easy, and often rambling.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
This is so hard, as I don’t tecthincally consider myself as a writer – more as an illustrator / designer. Writing is something which is an added bonus to the projects I work on.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Miffy, because she is my number 1 all-time storybook character.Or PippyLongstocking, because she is adventurous and has red braids and cute socks.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
I would go back to LA in the late 40’s and find Charles and Ray Eames and beg them to work in their studio.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
One day you will be able to make some money with all those drawings.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
I have a lot, but Dick Bruna was one of my first and continues to be today.

10. What/who made you start writing?
When I had my website updated a few years ago, my web designer added a blog, initially so that I could update work easily, but to my surprise I ended up really enjoying the writing part.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Serendipity – it was the title of one of my favourite hippy kids books when I was growing up.  It was the main characters name, so I  always thought it was just a name, but then when I learnt the meaning of word the book made even more sense. Plus I love the way it rolls around your mouth when you say it.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is an impossible question! I love Murakami’s books, but I don’t have a favourite. It would be one of his books for sure.

Beci Orpin is an internationally respected illustrator, designer and artist. Her latest book is Find Me a Castle, a look-and-find book written and illustrated by Beci and published by Penguin. Visit Beci's website and Facebook page for more information about her books and design projects.

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