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Tuesday 6 February 2018

12 Curly Questions with author Erika Geraerts

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I get mild social anxiety around large groups of people for long periods of time.

2. What is your nickname? 

3. What is your greatest fear? 
That we’ll all stop communicating.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words. 
Blunt. Conversational. Empathetic. Sarcastic. Simple. Grammatically incorrect. People focused. Reflective.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer. 
1) Shouldn’t 2) someone 3) else 4) do 5) this?

6. What book character would you be, and why? 
The little girl from Me Too. Because life. 

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
1940 because people were chivalrous and wore fur coats and gloves to dinner.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
You should write more.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My pal, Charl.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
I remember reading an article when I was about 15 and thinking, 'that’s just what’s in my head. I want to do that for someone else'. And I guess I did.

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Now: plodding. Because life. And it’s great to say.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Be Here Now, by Ram Dass.

Erika Geraerts is the co-founder of content agency Willow & Blake, international skincare company Frank Body, and Fluff. She also owns a cafe in Abbotsford with three friends, called Little Big Sugar Salt. Erika likes to spend her time around equal amounts of plants, dogs, good friends, and good food and coffee. A few years ago Erika and her best friend and creative partner, Charl Laubscher, decided to write a children’s book, Me Too. Along with illustrator Andrew Murray (Gatsby) they hoped to complete the project in six months. It took them two years. See walkerbooks.com.au.