I’m married to Michael Jackson!
2. What is your nickname?
Primary school – Hilly.
Secondary School – Croc (only found out a few years ago, but it was because of my smile – so guess that wasn’t so bad.
Now – Di.
3. What is your greatest fear?
Snakes! So glad I don’t live in Queensland. The bigger the scarier!
4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Musical, honest, clever (I hope), minimal and mindful of illustration
5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Emerging, passionate, hooked, creative, thoughtful
6. What book character would you be, and why?
One of the ‘Five’ because of their amazing adventures and freedom as kids.
7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1970’s and begin my writing career then.
8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Wow! You did what?
9. Who is your greatest influence?
Enid Blyton - for my love of reading as a child and Mem Fox for my first love of reading children’s books as a Grandma.
10. What/who made you start writing?
When I became a Grandma and a Blackbird was nesting at our back door. I wanted to make a photo storyboard of nest/eggs to fledglings for my grandchildren, but it ended up as a story.
11. What is your favourite word and why?
Ocean – because being beside it is my favourite place.
12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sorry, this question too difficult: Magpie Island - Colin Thiele, The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway, Man-Shy – Frank Dalby Davidson.
Diane Jackson Hill is a children's author and co-author of the Uke'n Play Ukulele book/CD series. Her picture books include Annabel's Dance, illustrated by Lois Bury and published by Wombat Books. Visit Diane's website and Facebook page for more information about her books and other creative projects.
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