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Tuesday 3 January 2017

12 Curly Questions with author Nadia Lisa King

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I don’t like heights. I used to and then I almost killed my husband rock climbing with a faulty carabiner and now I get dizzy if I even attempt to climb a ladder.

2. What is your nickname?
Nads. Even my tennis coach calls me Nads.

3. What is your greatest fear?
That I’ll die before my kids are grown up and they’ll be motherless.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
Raw, real, heart-wrenchingly honest, sometimes funny, poignant, personal, and thought-provoking.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Unafraid, enthusiastic, optimistic, with constant learning and growth.

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
I rather like the idea of being Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, living life in the quaint English village of St Mary Mead. I can never work out the endings to thrillers so being Miss Marple, "the finest detective God ever made", has huge appeal to me.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
Hanging out with F. Scott Fitzgerald in the early 1920s, when he wrote The Great Gatsby, sounds brilliant. “It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire.” I think drinking champagne with Fitzgerald in 1924 sounds like a fabulous idea.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
I forgive you for not working in a sweet shop and, wow, seriously impressed you’re a writer.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
Brilliant, talented writers fill me with awe and inspire me. Australia’s own, Favel Parrett, is a massive influence. She writes heartbreakingly beautiful books and she’s gorgeously generous too. Her Past the Shallows, which I read in one sitting, utterly slew me. I hope to one day write the way Favel does – with aching simplicity.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
Itchy fingers. Very itchy fingers and a ticking clock. I believe there comes a time in everyone’s life when you ultimately have to decide to get on the path you were created for.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Possibility. The idea that my dreams may be a possibility sets my heart racing with excitement.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I can’t possibly choose one. I tried but I can’t, even two is painful. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami, and Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Australian author, Nadia L. King, was born in Dublin, Ireland. She has a background in journalism and media relations and has written for magazines in Europe, Australia and the US. She reads voraciously and enthusiastically and inhales books the same way her labrador inhales dog biscuits. Find her website at www.nadialking.wordpress.com and her book at www.aulexic.com.au/product/jennas-truth/.