10 Peculiar Questions with author Deborah Abela

1. What is your hidden talent?
I am a brown belt in judo. So watch out everyone… I’m also very short so it might not be as scary as it looks.

2. Who is your favorite literary villain and why?
I love Count Olaf’s A series of unfortunate events. He’s so mean and evil that he has no idea how unfunny he really is, which of course makes him funny.

3. You are going to organize a literary dinner, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
Kate DiCamillo, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Katrina Nannestad. I think it would be a fun party!

4. What literary invention would you like to be real?
A Skymouse (Arlo from The Book of Wonderful Possibilities has one).

5. What are the five words that describe your writing process?
Chaotic, messy, surprising, chaotic, wonderful.

6. What are the five words with which you would like to be remembered as a writer?
Imaginative, sincere, exciting, warm, courageous.

7. Imagine your favorite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
A view, light, a cool breeze, friends around when I need to play, and a great cup of tea.

8. Take the nearest book, open it to page 22, and look for the second word in the first sentence. Now, write a line that starts with that word. (Please include the name of the book!)
thug on the bus by Kathryn Apel. “Walk,” she says, which I do because I know she’s upset and doesn’t want to do anything to make it worse.

9. If you could ask an author a question, what would the question be and who would you ask?

Kate Di Camilo, can you hear the voices of your characters when you write, because they feel so real, like they really exist?

10. Which would you rather do: ‘Never write another story or never read another book’?
What! What a terrible choice! I can’t choose. Don’t make me! Please! Reading makes me want to write and writing makes me want to read…it’s part of the same lovely circle.

After training as a teacher, Deborah Abela traveled to Africa where she was harassed by monkeys, caught in a desert sandstorm, and jailed…twice! She worked as a babysitter and ride operator at Luna Park, but her first real job was as a writer/producer for a national children’s TV show on Network TEN. Since then, she has become an internationally published and award-winning author of 28 books, including her galling trilogy on climate change, grimsdon, New city Y final storm. His family’s survival in World War II and migration to Australia inspired teresa a new australian. the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee Y The most wonderful spelling bee mystery they were inspired by their fantastic fourth grade teacher, Ms. Gray. He has also written picture books: Wolfie, an unlikely hero and the 2021 CBCA Notable, bear in space. The book of wonderful possibilities is your love letter to books, booksellers, librarians, and readers. Deb won awards for her work, but most of all she hopes to be as brave as her characters. She is a proud ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes charities. For more information, see www.deborahabela.com.

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