What were you like as a child?
I was… a day-dreamer, into horses (I never had my own one though), quiet and shy, messy (that’s what my big sister says, I don’t believe her!), I liked dancing and acting. I was always reading. I wasn’t very sporty.
What did you and your friends play?
At primary school, we would play in a tree and pretend it was our house. We also used to make up plays and perform them for the class (that was so much fun!). One of my friends had a playhouse and we would pretend to be princesses or goddesses. At interval we would play on the awesome adventure playground and on the swing bars (I wasn’t very good at that).
Did you like school?
Yes, I did! I enjoyed learning (most subjects) and I still love learning and finding out about things. At primary school I really loved art and social studies and reading (of course!). I didn’t really like maths and in class I used to draw pictures of fancy ball gowns using my protractor (shh, don’t tell the teacher!) High school was fun too – I was able to try lots of cool subjects like photography, drama and textiles. And history and classical studies and typing and geography and art history.
Peanut butter toast! Chocolate cake. And mum’s roast dinner. But not all at the same time. That would be gross.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Hmmm… I’m not sure I’m properly grown up yet. But, I do remember wanting to be a waitress when I was really little, and at high school I wanted to be a fashion designer, or a photographer, or something in film, or a reporter. I really wasn’t sure.
Why did you start writing?
I grew up loving stories and language so I guess it was inevitable! Being a day-dreamer I always have stories floating around in my imagination. So I thought it would be cool to get some of them down on paper to share. When I had my own children I found myself reading so many wonderful stories, I wanted to do it too!
What did you like to read as a kid?
I read lots and lots and lots of stories that I loved and the one I loved most of all was the Chronicles of Narnia. I remember my Year 4 teacher reading us ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and she brought in some Turkish Delight for us to try. At home we had a set of Children’s Encyclopedia which I loved reading because there were filled with stories, and biographies and myths, and information about all kinds of things.
When I was at high-school I read a lot of Stephen King novels (they are really, really and I mean REALLY scary!) and spent hours in the library reading magazines and giggling over Asterix comics.
What other stories have you written?
I have written lots of picture book manuscripts (a manuscript is a story that hasn’t been published… yet) and I really enjoy writing those. I’ve also written a story about a girl who time-travels back to the 1890s Victorian Auckland, and a chapter book about a brother and sister who travel to another country via a magic postcard. There are also a few other stories I am still working on.