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Saturday 3 September 2016

10 Quirky Questions with James O'Loghlin

1. What's your hidden talent?
I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. No skill involved, I just can.

2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
I love being surprised by an unexpected plot twist, so my favourite villains are the ones I never suspected of being villains until they are revealed at the end. I won’t give examples because it might ruin a story for someone reading this. Also, the smarter the villain, the better the story.

3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
Mark Watson, George R.R. Martin, Edward Whittemore, Irvine Welsh and Suzanne Collins

4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
I’d love a magic wand.

5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Keep not stopping until finished.

6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
Un-boring, funny, exciting, unexpected, entertaining

7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
Sunshine, computer, chair, coffee then herbal tea, ideas.

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!)
The word was ‘was’. Malice by Keigo Higashino.

‘Was I losing my mind, or had my computer began to type a story all by itself?

9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
Suzanne Collins. ‘Did the structure of the three Hunger Games novels come first, or did you just try to write a an exciting story and see where it took you?

10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
Yikes! A terrible choice. I’ve read hundreds, maybe thousands, of books, and only written six or seven stories, so I need to catch up. So I’d unwillingly choose to keep writing and stop reading

James O'Loghlin is a well known Australian public speaker, media personality and author. He has previously written two middle fiction novels, The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very-Brave and Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone. His latest book, The Twins of Tintarfell, is published by Pan Macmillan and available now. Visit James O'Loghlin's website for more information about his books and public appearances. You can also find him on Twitter (@JamesOLoghlin)

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