Bryce Courtney, Catherine Cookson and Colleen McColluch.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually a desire to put a plan into action, for my day, maybe to write some brilliant ideas or storylines that have woken me up at night with that burning desire to write it down in case it was forgotten by morning. My latest painting may be the chosen way to start my creative juices flowing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with my apricot Poodles, writing poetry or newsletters, doing volunteer duties with art clubs, cooking and painting. Sculpture and teaching art. Exhibiting my artworks at exhibitions and arranging solo exhibitions take all my spare time. Writing art submissions and newspaper articles also take a huge piece of precious time out of a day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it would have been a poem written for my mother many years ago for her birthday.
What is your writing process?
Lots of thinking. Establishing characters names. research and writing the endings.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I could read at 4 years of age and was given a book, a little hard cover about Gwen the Dragon. I still have that book and still find it very comforting to be the owner of this lovely story.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually do the artwork for the covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
How to books and documentaries,,so many things to discover out in the big wide world and so little time to do all one would like to do.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Samsung tablet.
Describe your desk
My office area is pretty ordered, but very messy when I am in the process of writing and collecting information. I can't work if my work space is not neat and ordered to begin with.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Brisbane was my home town and a happy childhood gave me many happy memories to draw on. Marriage, kids, a variety of animals,contracting a chronic condition early in life has exposed me to many unusual situations throughout my life and I have met many interesting characters along the way.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing poetry since I was a kid in primary school and loved doing essays.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The absolute feeling of wonder when I read some of my works that I stumble upon after being hidden away for years and just don't believe that I had those thoughts in my brain, let alone the temerity of putting them onto paper fo rall to see.
Have you any published books or articles?
Yes, I have had many art tuition articles in National Art Magazines. Feature articles in leading newspapers. Articles in Disability Magazines. Newsletters for clubs, Neighbourhood Watch and a Cooking Column for a leading Provincal Newspaper. I have also had a local history book published called "The Babies of Walloon" which was the catalyst for the Ipswich Poetry Feast which is now in its twelfth year.
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