There are 3 convicts on our family tree.
2. What is your nickname?
3. What is your greatest fear?
That my editor will cut out my favourite bits of a story.
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I often sound like a 10-year-old kid.
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
6. Which book character would you be, and why?
When I was growing up I always wanted to be Anne of Green Gables.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
2,100. I’d love to know what books will be like then. We will probably buy them online and have them implanted directly into our brains!
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
You haven’t changed a bit! When are you going to grow up?
9. Who is your greatest influence?
Every book I read influences me in some way. I can’t pick one influence.
10. What/who made you start writing?
I started when I was four. I couldn’t read or write so my Dad used to write out my stories for me and I’d illustrate them and turn them into books. I’d sell the finished product back to him and I’d make him pay me 3 pennies for them! [Ed: genius!]
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Chocolate! It can solve most of a writer’s problems.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
An ENORMOUS, fat, bulging, bursting book with tiny writing so it would last for a long time.
Pauline's new book Socks, Sandbags and Leeches (National Library of Australia) is due for release 1 February 2016.
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