Interview with Ingrid M Smith

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tiny hamlet called Dalmeny, on the far south coast of New South Wales, in Australia.
The virtual pioneer conditions of my early years in Dalmeny have greatly influenced my writing.
Those pioneer conditions are now a thing of the past: a far simpler way of living has been lost, which I deeply regret.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing in my second year at school: I was six years old.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first story which captured my teacher's attention and won me an Award Certificate.
I was in the first grade at school and aged six.
The story was called 'During my school holidays...' and was a title set by my teacher.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The good, old fashioned kindle with a keyboard!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. My mother started reading out loud to me from my earliest days, and I can never remember a time when books did not play a major role in my life, and the life of my family.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything I can, from Donald Duck, to Shakespeare, to Solzhenitsyn and the Bible.
How do you approach cover design?
I like a very simple but attractive cover which immediately tells the reader something of the the content of the book.
Describe your desk
I always work at a very large table so I can spread all my research around me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am always delighted when people like my stories and greatly appreciate all feedback from readers.
Who was your first greatest influence in reading and writing?
Without doubt, my mother. She was one of the best read people I have ever known and encouraged me to read everything from a very young age. Nothing was banned to me. She also read everything I wrote as a child and was my severest critic: she was always right in her advice.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a great many favourite authors which makes this a difficult question: I will just list a few or the answer would be very long:
A.A Milne
C.S Lewis
Joan G. Robinson
A.L.O.E. ( A lady of England or Charlotte Maria Tucker)
Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Lorna Hill
Tove Jansson
Daisy Ashford
Madeleine L’engle
Jon Krakauer
Hugh Lofting
J.R.R Tolkien
R. F. Delderfield
A.J. Cronin
What are you working on next?
I am in the final stages of tidying up a true story of 7,000 words for e-book publication.
Titled 'Pineapples don't grow on trees or My first Queensland Christmas', this story was first published as part of The Eighth Chalet Christmas Annual by FOCS, Bath, in Great Britain.
There is always a difference in preparing work for hardcopy publication or digital publication. What works well on paper does not always work well on an electronic reader, especially with pictures and formatting.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This list would keep changing all the time.
Currently, my five favourite books, in no special order, are:

Tales of a Tiller Girl by Irene Holland. Reason: this brilliant true tale of surviving in war torn London makes a mockery of our modern God, political correctness.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Reason: the author has created an amazing story for the younger reader in which conformity to the normal is all that matters in the community where Jonas lives. But Jonas is different and being different can be a crime......
My daughter was given this book as a set English book one term in high school: I finished it in an afternoon, not able to put it down.

Inside the Underworld by Peta Fordham. Reasons: how many books on professional crime in Britain have been written by someone who knows both sides of the coin? Tragic yet humorous, this unusual book takes a very close look at those who are sent to prison and their families, and how our so-called enlightened society treats these people.

I Leap over the Wall by Monica Baldwin. Reasons: a superb true story of England between the wars, as seen through the eyes of a nun. Brilliantly depicts all the changes in England during that time period.

Crusader's Tomb by A.J. Cronin. Reasons: Cronin is one of the finest writers of all time. Each book tells a story yet is a historical document: it is also a very good read.
Published 2015-01-21.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Little Australian Pony Girl
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,650. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Horses, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
'The ponies on our farm all get new rugs and shoes long before the people get any new clothes!' so said eight year old Emily to her mother. She was quite right, of course. This is the true story about an Australian childhood, where animals and hard work always come first. From sheep to saddles; rodeos to racing; brumbies to bridles: this is Emily's Australia.