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Tuesday 6 December 2022

12 Curly Questions with author Yvette Poshoglian

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you. 
I once wanted to become Prime Minister. Or play cricket for Australia.

2. What is your nickname?

3. What is your greatest fear?
Driving along a cliff road.

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
My writing style adapts to the story I wish to tell.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Connection, change, warmth, community, imagination.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
I always wanted to be George from the Famous Five – she was so brave!

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
I would have loved to visit Shakespeare’s times in Tudor England, perhaps around 1600. Also, Sydney in the year 1878, a year I spent researching about Cockatoo Island. Sydney was changing and developing as a colony at that time.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now?
You may not be Prime Minister, but you can still change the world for the better through words and actions.

9. Who is your greatest influence?
I’m inspired by strong and powerful women like Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Julia Gillard, Grace Tame and others through history such as Anne Frank.

10. What/who made you start writing?
I had so many stories I wanted to tell. I love to escape into other worlds, so hopefully I can create these for readers too!

11. What is your favourite word and why?
It’s a secret word that my brother, sister and I invented as kids. We still use it and we’ll never tell you what it is or its meaning!

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mum’s old recipe notebook with handwritten notes. It’s our connection to our past and contains wonderful stories as well as delicious recipes if you look hard enough.

Yvette Poshoglian is the author of over 40 books for children and young people, including the bestselling Ella and Olivia series. Born and raised in Sydney, Yvette taught secondary English in southwest Sydney and now manages major education projects for the NSW Department of Education. Currently, she works at the intersection of pedagogy, technology and innovation with the Technology 4 Learning team at the NSW Department of Education. Many of the STEM and technology developments occurring in schools around NSW are captured in Dear Greta. Yvette has loads in common with her character Alice Boghosian, apart from Alice’s horrible nickname. For more information, see www.yvetteposh.com.