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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

12 Curly Questions with author/illustrator Shannon Horsfall

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
If I have taken the trouble to ensure hardly anyone knows of this something, why would I disclose it here? OK, for the sake of entertainment, I have an inexplicable aversion to seeing people chew ice or bite into ice-blocks.

2. What is your nickname? 
I’ve never really had a nickname. You would have thought with a surname like Horsfall, someone would have thought up something like ‘the clumsy equestrian’.

3. What is your greatest fear?
I can’t say I am particularly excited about death.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words. 
Characters with sass and spunk. With a side of silly.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Honest, humorous, anarchic, endearing, inquisitive.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Scout, from To Kill a Mockingbird. She had such youthful innocence and natural empathy, mixed with a healthy dose of curiosity.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
Victorian London. Such a heady mix of dark and dangerous; poverty and street crime in the name of survival, and giddy frivolity – gauche displays of wealth and class. Dickens meets Austen.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
Picture books are all good and well, but could you write a cracking chapter book? And make it about me?

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
In a day-to-day sense, my sons – my youngest, I maintain, to his delight, is my muse. He is hilarious. In a fangirl sense – the great Oliver Jeffers.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
In the literal, I just thought of a title one day in the car park at school when I was waiting for the boys to be dismissed, and that became my first manuscript. I have a muddle of ideas constantly bouncing in my head. In the inspirational, my English teachers and my mother instilled in me a deep love of the written word. If I am true to my young self, I guess I always wanted to write, but never put that into conscious thought.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
I’m taking the liberty of listing two: irk and apt. Two succinct words that click happily off the tongue.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I had to think about this for such a long time. It is way too difficult a question, but for the sake of finishing what I have started here, Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson. It is a novel of intricate layers, written exquisitely.

Shannon Horsfall is an author/illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book Was Not Me! was published in 2016, by Harper Collins. Shannon lives on a beautiful island north of Brisbane, with her two sons and a rescue hound who thinks she’s a supermodel. She describes herself as a grown-up whose inner child is not always kept safely inner (she has been known to gatecrash the odd game of Red Rover and elastics). See www.shannonhorsfall.com for more information.


  1. Hi Shannon,
    I found your answers particularly entertaining.
    I enjoyed a good chuckle.
    Good on you, Shannon! .... Cheers, Karen Tyrrell author

  2. Shannon, That's apt advice from your ten year old self! I also find the marriage of ice and teeth irksome. Aaaaand, from henceforth ye shall be known as Scout Horsefall. I seriously believe it suits you. Xx


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