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Tuesday 31 January 2017

12 Curly Questions with author Mark Greenwood

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I design jewellery, collect meteorites, gemstones and fossils - and play the drums.

2. What is your nickname? 
Marky Mark or Greeny.

3. What is your greatest fear?
A world without books.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words. 
Informative. Thoughtful. Crisp. Serious. Focused. Sincere. Rhythmic. Complex. Fluent. Honest.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Happy. Busy. Historical. Curious. Dedicated.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I love spending time with all the characters from my books - Simpson at Gallipoli, Moondyne Joe, Ned Kelly, Jandamarra or Johnny Mullagh. This year, I’d like to be Diamond Jack, from my new History Mysteries series - so I could find out where he buried the treasure!

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
It’s very scary: June 4, 1629. Darkness veils the ocean. A ghostly bell tolls, marking the minutes to midnight … I’m there in my imagination as I write about that terrible night.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
I can’t believe you have a stegosaurus tooth, a cannon ball and a four-billion-year-old meteorite on your desk. And you write books!

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My family and my wife, illustrator Frané Lessac.

10. What/who made you start writing?
The bass player from U2 suggested I should start writing song lyrics and from that I progressed to writing books.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Banjo – because when I say the word my best friend comes running. He’s a border collie and he looks like a fluffy brown bear.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama.

Mark Greenwood is an author with a passion for history. His books include The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef, Moondyne Joe, Simpson and His DonkeyNed Kelly and the Green Sash, Midnight, Jandamarra and Boomerang and Bat. Diamond Jack and The Lost Explorer are the first two books in a new series that delves into Australia’s most baffling History Mysteries. Visit www.markgreenwood.com.au for more information.