The best thing about my job:
Being an author is the best job in the world. You wake up every day and dream up characters and worlds and crazy adventures, and you can do whatever you want. And I’m lucky enough to have had some of my crazy stories published, and then I can go to schools and talk to students about reading and writing and getting published; and I really hope some of those students get inspired to read and/or write their own books – and they might even end up getting some of their own books published, and then I can read them one day.
My favourite food:
I love eggs: boiled, fried, poached, any way really. It’s probably why breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.
My dream car:
A really snazzy Mercedes Benz. Or a really snazzy BMW. Really any luxury car that I can put the word ‘snazzy’ in front of.
My worst injury:
Authors don’t really get bad injuries, apart from paper cuts, but I once climbed down from a balcony and I jumped and landed funny and dislocated my elbow. The doctor said it was the worst dislocation they’d ever seen, and it was the worst pain I’ve ever experienced in my life. The balcony wasn’t heaps high, only about one storey – I don’t think I would have been silly enough to try and climb down from a balcony any higher – but even trying to climb down from a first floor balcony was a pretty silly thing to do in hindsight.
My favourite colours:
I like the colour blue. It’s very calming, and it reminds me of the ocean and the sky.
My favourite movie:
Ever since I first saw it when I was 10 years old, my favourite movie has been The Princess Bride. It’s like a funny fairytale – if fairytales were real but the characters in the fairytales didn’t behave like your regular fairytale characters.
My hero and why:
I have a lot of author heroes. The ones I read when I was young instilled in me a great love of reading. It’s hard to name just one or two, but I guess two of my all-time favourites, and books I loved as a kid, are by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Of course, just about everyone in the world knows those names, but a lot of people don’t know that their full names were Clive Staples Lewis and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
My favourite possessions:
I’m very sentimental and lots of stuff that sits on my desk are little things I’ve collected over the years, especially little figurines and toys – some of them I’ve had since I was five years old. They all clutter up my desk and watch over me while I write, and remind me what it was like to be a child. My favourites are probably my figurines from the comic strip Peanuts.
If I wasn’t doing my current job, I would like to be:
If I wasn’t an author, I’d probably be a builder of miniatures – if you can even do that for a job. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved tiny versions of things, like cars and buildings and trains and planes and stuff. I love things that are so detailed and realistic, if you took a picture of them you wouldn’t be able to tell from just the picture that it was a miniature.
The most important things in life:
My wife and my two children are the most important things in the world to me, followed by the rest of my family and friends.
My Ambassador Reading Tip:
Find what you love reading and read as much of it as you can get your hands on. Don’t waste time reading stuff that you’re really not that excited about reading. Some books you have to read, for school and so on, and that’s okay; but the most important thing is to find books you read for you, that you get really excited about reading and don’t want to put down. These books (they might not even be books, but comics or whatever) will get you into reading, and once you start you’ll never stop.
Here’s where people can find out more about me online:
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