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Tuesday 25 February 2020

12 Curly Questions with author Emma Perry

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
But then, everyone will know. I’m not sure I can reveal it. Not yet. Not now. Maybe later… ?!

2. What is your nickname?
Sometimes people call me Em. Does that count? I’m clutching at straws there, aren’t I!

3. What is your greatest fear?
That at some point I will use SO many exclamation marks in my writing that I’ll end up with a page with more exclamation marks than words. What can I say, I like them!!! See. Ooops.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
Giggle-inducing, erratic and hopeful, with a fondness for silly words.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Determined, TRYING to be patient (you need heaps of it in this lovely industry), thoughtful, easily distracted and…

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Oooh this is a good one. And a hard one, too. Can I choose one of my own? I’d quite like to be Colin the bear from This Book Has Alpacas and Bear – he’s a bit grumpy to begin with, but he is friends with Alfonso the alpaca, and I know that would LOTS of fun.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
Hmm, I quite fancy going back to 1920s America - Fitzgerald, Gatsby, Jazz Age - that would be intriguing. I might have to follow them to Paris, too!

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now?
Blimey! You wrote a book!!

9. Who is your greatest influence?
My kids xxx

10. What/who made you start writing? 
A New Year’s Resolution, after a string of hints that wouldn’t disappear no matter how much I ignored them!

11. What is your favourite word and why? 
Hullabaloo – doesn’t it sound brilliant when you say it out loud? I even managed to sneak it into I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wait? What? What tricky idea is this? Yikes. Could I go for an anthology? Yes, I should go for an anthology, shouldn’t I? Hmmm, maybe The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris should be the one? Or… I know! Children’s Picture Books: The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury & Morag Styles. Lots of wonderful picture books are tucked inside there, so I can reminisce quite nicely with that one.


Emma Perry can be found either writing books, reading them or teaching them. It's always been that way. In fact, her first two picture books are about... yep, books. The founder of MyBookCorner, and organiser of International Book Giving Day, the book obsession shows no sign of slowing down. For more information, see www.emmaperryauthor.com.