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Saturday 9 April 2016

10 Quirky Questions with David Metzenthen

1. What's your hidden talent?
I’m smarter than I look.

2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why? 
The hound in The Hound of the Baskervilles, because I like dogs.

3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
F. Scott-Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Martin Amis, JK Rowling, Tina Fay.

4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
A time machine would come in handy...

5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Slow, hopeful, less-than-perfect.

6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
Supremely talented/incredibly modest/ironic.

7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
Lucky plastic goose. Photo of Paddy (my dog). AFL Bulldog team card. Painting of Tasmania (not all of Tasmania) Rubbish bin.

8. Grab the nearest book, open it to page 22 and look for the second word in the first sentence. Now, write a line that starts with that word. (Please include the name of the book!)

Were you there when fish rained from the sky? (from On The Road by Jack Kerouac)

9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
I would ask Jack Kerouac if he would go back on the road again in the year 2016.

10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
I'd prefer to be able to write a book than read one.

David Metzenthen is an Australian author of books for children and young adults. David has a particular interest in military history and the role Australian's have played in armed conflict. This is reflected in his work including his picture book One Minute's Silence and his latest book Dreaming the Enemy, a young adult novel published by Allen & Unwin.