When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I really enjoy jamming out on my guitar, listening to music, reading graphic novels. My day job is an adult librarian which I absolutely love.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
In a word, no. But I really do enjoy the world of reading. It's a fantastic way to escape or delve into reality depending on the reasons and purposes you choose to read. As an ex-teacher, literacy is so important to me. I couldn't imagine not being able to read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth Are we there yet by Alison Lester - Love a good Aussie Road Trip Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle - Great graphic novel travelogue The blind side by Michael Lewis - Love American football, biographies and stories of triumph Can't think of a fifth one right now (that's pretty bad for a librarian right?!)
What do you read for pleasure?
I read graphic novels and a lot of non-fiction - biographies, how-to books, philosophy/self-help - a large variety.
Also, I do love reading picture books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Personally, I normally choose the iPad even though I do have an older-model Kobo. Before I read a lot of journal articles and non-fiction, I like the highlighting features that are provided on the iPad through the different book apps.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, messy, stacked with books and lots of different technology.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rural town in Queensland. I think the person who has had the most influence on my writing is my high school English teacher. She taught me all about critical theory and the process of analysing texts. I remember getting my work drafted by her a lot and I appreciate the nuances she had for writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've been a journal writer on and off since high school but I have just started writing again (even if it is dodgy reviews) to demonstrate that anybody can have their work published online and make it available to the wider community.
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