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Saturday 27 August 2016

10 Quirky Questions with Dianne Wolfer

1. What's your hidden talent?
I have double-jointed elbows that are able to turn inwards in a strange way.

2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
I love anti-heroes who come good in the end, or characters like Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series who appear as villains, but are actually working for the greater good. Mrs Coulter (His Dark Materials) is a literary villain who is fascinatingly evil and complex, but I’m not sure that I like her.

3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
I’ll choose ‘dead’ because there’s always the chance that I may still meet fav ‘alive’ authors and I’ll limit it to Australian authors or the list would be endless.

A girls-night-in dinner party would be fun, so maybe;May Gibbs, Elyne Mitchell, Ruth Park, Dorothy Wall and Ethel Pedley. Can we squeeze in Nan Chauncy and Pixie O’Harris …?

4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
Harry’s cloak of invisibility.

5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Eclectic, slow, determined, imaginative, unusual

6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
Passionate, unconventional, unpredictable, imaginative, regional

7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
Books, photographs, maps, illustrations and talismans such as the huge anglerfish sculpture hanging on the wall

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!)

Don’t you think you could have selected a more adult book for this task, Dianne?

9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
CS Lewis: What on earth is Alice in Wonderland really about?

10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
Never reading another book would make me miserable, but I could never stop writing.

Dianne Wolfer is an award-wining Australian author living on the South Coast of Western Australia. She writes across a range of genres from picture books to historical fiction and her titles include Light Horse Boy, Granny Grommet and Me, and Annie's Snails. Her latest YA novel, The Shark Caller, is published by Penguin and set on the south-west coast of Australia and the New Ireland Province of PNG. Visit Dianne Wolfer's website and blog for more information about her books, writing and author events.