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Tuesday 23 July 2019

10 Quirky Questions with author Pip Harry

1. What's your hidden talent?
I can swim long distances in the ocean and I’m not even afraid of sharks.

2. Who is your favourite literary villain and why?
Alison Ashley from Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein, though I think she turned out to be super nice!

3. You're hosting a literary dinner party, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
Stephen King, JK Rowling, Jane Austen, Haruki Murakami and Carrie Fisher.

4. Which literary invention do you wish was real?
A time machine.

5. What are five words that describe your writing process?
Haphazard, occasionally inspired, immersive, slow.

6. Which are the five words you would like to be remembered by as a writer?
She never missed a deadline.

7. Picture your favourite writing space. What are five objects you would find there? 
Chocolate, air conditioning, writing pals, coffee and my laptop.

8. Grab the nearest book, open it to page 22 and look for the second word in the first sentence. Now, write a line that starts with that word. (Please include the name of the book!)
Sophie was terrible at going to bed. (Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Incidentally, Sophie is the name of my own daughter, who incidentally is terrible at going to bed!)

9. If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
Hey, Shakespeare – do you really think teenagers should be studying your plays in 2019?

10. Which would you rather do: 'Never write another story or never read another book'?
Never read another book.

Pip Harry is a writer and editor. Her YA novels include I’ll Tell You Mine (2012), winner of the Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature Award (2013). Head of the River, longlisted for the Gold Inky award (2015) and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Literary awards (2016) and Because of You, shortlisted for the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards, Victorian Premier's Literary Award and Queensland Literary Awards (2018). Pip lives in Singapore with her family and currently works as Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA). Her latest book, The Little Wave (2019), is a middle-grade verse novel. For more information, see www.pipharry.com. You can also read Pip's 12 Curly Questions interview here.