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Tuesday 17 July 2018

12 Curly Questions with author Heather Gallagher

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I suffer gluten-intolerance (okay, many people know that). What they don’t know is that I regularly indulge in things I shouldn’t eat. This has inspired my latest book (that I’m hoping to find a publisher for) The Queen of Farts.

2. What is your nickname? 
A lot of people call me Heath. My husband sometimes calls me HB – short for Heather-bear.

3. What is your greatest fear? 
Sharks – not good for someone who lives by the beach.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words. 
Funny, pacey, authentic, from-the-heart and off the wall.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Determined, resourceful, creative, funny, kind.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Hermione from Harry Potter (who wouldn’t want to live in that world) because she gets to be smart, kind and ride a broom.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why? 
Hmm, I wouldn’t mind going back to the sixties and spying on my parents when they first met (is that weird?)

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now? 
Hooray – you became a writer!

9. Who is your greatest influence?
Probably myself – I’m the one who decides when and how I make it to the page.

10. What/who made you start writing? 
When I was in Grade 4 one of my stories was commended and read out to the class. It was a defining moment.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
I quite like splendiferous – invented by one of my all-time favourite writers Roald Dahl.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Flora and Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo.

Heather Gallagher is a writer whose work has appeared in The Age, The Melbourne Times and Leader newspapers. She has an obsession with the quirky things in life and loves to write about them. She is especially fond of weird animal stories. Heather lives by the sea with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Pip. For more information, see www.heathergallagher.com.au.