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Tuesday 16 April 2019

12 Curly Questions with author Juliet Sampson

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I have a small scar on my forehead like Harry Potter.

2. What is your nickname?
My nickname is Sunflower Lady as I grow sunflowers every year. They have become my favourite flower. People often think of me when they see this flower.

3. What is your greatest fear?
I do not like heights.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
Simple, straight to the point, with a twist of intrigue.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Creative, curious, enthusiastic, persevering and resolute.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Peekay, from The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. He is courageous despite all the challenges he faces and is determined to make a difference in the world.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I would not travel in time. I am happy with the year I am in and what I am doing with my life presently. I believe in living in the now.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now?
I am glad you are still chasing your dreams. Keep going.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My mother

10. What/who made you start writing?
My mother read to me every night and I enjoyed our regular visits to the library and storytime. Also, my grandpa’s love of films and musicals allowed me to spend many hours watching different characters share their stories.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
My favourite word is inspiration, but my favourite saying is ‘spread sunshine and inspiration’. This is the motto I live by.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There are so many lessons to be learned in this story, through all the different characters, their backgrounds and lifestyles. I also love how most of the story is set in a confectionery factory. This truly is a world of pure imagination.

Juliet M Sampson is an award-winning author. Dance Demons won 2016 Book of the Year in the Reader’s Choice Awards in the AusRomToday competition. Her other three books are Behind the Mask, Bon Voyage! and Outback Wonder. Her first picture book is Grace’s Mystery Seed, released through Ford Street Publishing. For more information, see www.julietsampson.com.au.