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Tuesday 23 August 2016

10 Quirky Questions with Rosanne Hawke

Photo credit: Dylan Coker
1. What's your hidden talent?

2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
The phantom of the opera, because he could love and sing like an angel.

3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
Claire Zorn, Kirsty Murray, Tim Winton, Louisa Alcott, Mark Twain

4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
The flying carpet.

5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Mindmaps, objects, images, research, music

6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
Inspiration, light, joy, love, hope.

7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
A beautiful blank unlined book, a fountain pen, a bottle of purple ink, pencils, coloured paper

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!)
'Me? I didn't do it. I was digging the hole, not filling it in. The body was already there.' (One Thousand Hills by James Roy and Noel Zihabamwe)

9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
I would ask Thomas Hardy if he wrote his books to heighten awareness of how women were treated to produce change in society or if he were just showing the cultural norm at the time.

10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
The two are synonymous for me so I can't separate them. If i never read another book I may never write another either.

Rosanne Hawke is an award-winning Australian author. Her books include The Keeper, Kerenza: A New Australian, The Messenger Bird, and Shahana. Her latest book is The Daughter of Nomads, book one of The Tales of Jahani published by UQP. Visit Rosanne Hawke's website and Facebook page for more information about her books and writing.