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Monday 28 November 2016

12 Curly Questions with KBR Team Member Sarah Wallace

KBR is delighted to announce an expansion to our team; we warmly welcome four new Contributors!

Please meet Sarah Wallace. We hope you enjoy learning more about her, and do look back at the posts from today to meet the rest!

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I don’t like heights, which is a pity because some of the best views are from up high.

2. What is your nickname?
Sare. Not very exciting.

3. What is your greatest fear?
Having to give up both wine and chocolate at the same time.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
My writing is emotive, thoughtful, sensory and usually well planned.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Focused, thoughtful, determined, detailed, reflective.

6. What book character would you be, and why? Mary from The Secret Garden - I always dreamed of finding a secret garden to escape from the world. The idea of finding yourself and your confidence among the tranquillity of nature whilst nurturing the garden back to glory is just wonderful.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? I would probably go into the future about 50 years to make sure books are still valued as much as they should be (and haven’t been overtaken by technology…). And if they’re not, I would come back determined to change the course of history!

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
I can’t believe you turned into a boring adult. But It’s good that you’re still writing.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My children. I never realised how much they would change my life. A child’s honesty and curiosity never cease to amaze.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I always loved writing. When I was 9 years old my teacher convinced me to enter my stories in a young writers’ competition and I came runner-up. That’s when I realised that other people might like my writing too.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Rambunctious. Perfect for describing the chaos of children and the opposite of the quiet and calm I dream of rediscovering when mine have grown up.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably one of my childhood favourites like A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett or Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. Books that opened my eyes to the world and sparked my love of literature. Reading them takes me back to those moments of childhood wonder.

Sarah Wallace has a passion for children’s literature and education. She is a writer, author and education professional, working as an education policy manager with the Australian Government. Sarah has a particular interest in early childhood literacy and is looking forward to sharing her love of literature with Kids’ Book Review readers!