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Tuesday 22 March 2016

12 Curly Questions with Meg Caddy

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I’m very picky about mugs. I have two identical tea mugs: giant ones, with Shakespeare quotes written on them. No one else is allowed to use them, and I loathe drinking out of any other mugs.

2. What is your nickname?
I have a lot of nicknames, but most people call me Megsy, Mogsy, or Bugsy.

3. What is your greatest fear?
I am terrified of sharks.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
Historical, wolfy, haphazard, researched, YA, fantastical, swashbuckling, questing, evolving, familial.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer. 
Learning, hopeful, dedicated, ambitious, punctual.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I would be Gandalf the Grey, because of his spectacular hat.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I would go to 1593 to meet my favourite pirate (Grace O’Malley). Hopefully we would be friends, and she wouldn’t rob me.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
‘You haven’t grown much taller.’

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My greatest influences are my parents and my three brothers. They are truly excellent people.

10. What/who made you start writing?
Thanks to book-loving parents, I have been writing stories since I can remember – but I read Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter for the first time when I was ten. That was when I really started to pursue writing, specifically fantasy books.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
At the moment, my favourite word is ‘petrichor’, which is the pleasant smell of rain after a long dry spell. I love the sound of the word when you say it, and how specific it is.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lord of the Rings, 50th Anniversary Edition. I could happily read Tolkien forever.

Meg Caddy is a student of literature and history at the University of Western Australia. Her debut fantasy novel Waer was shortlisted for the Text Prize in 2013 and has recently been published by Text Publishing. Visit Meg's website and Facebook page for more about her writing and author events.

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