I took our 4 wheel drive over the sand dune called Big Red, which is the last sand dune near Birdsville, on the Simpson Desert crossing.
2. What is your nickname?
I've never had one. Jenny or Jen is it.
3. What is your greatest fear?
Public speaking, but at the book launch it didn’t appear quite as terrifying.
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
I love writing descriptively in personal letters but verse for public consumption.
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Disciplined, exacting, persistent, wacky, traditional.
6. What book character would you be, and why?
I would choose a poem character, not a book character – the man who rides Roland, the horse that gallops from Ghent to Aix, in Robert Browning’s How they brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I'd go back to the 1920s so I could do The Charleston (dance)
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Be more self assured and always know your worth.
9. Who is your greatest influence?
I don't have one greatest influence. Many people from family through to friends have influenced me to learn and grow through observing their reactions in their times of drama and happiness.
10. What/who made you start writing?
I wrote my first poem at age 16 when a school friend was killed whilst hitch hiking in the summer holidays. It moved me to write my first real verse.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Pusillanimous – it's so descriptive.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Child in the Forest by Winifred Foley.
Jenny M. Morris is an Australian author. Her book The Thing on Mount Spring shares the story of a bushfire in the Spring Range hills and is presented in verse format.
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