1. What is your hidden talent?
I am the helpful person in my family. I am the keeper of the toolbox, power drill, etc. I love to fix things.
2. Who is your favorite literary villain and why?
Iago of Othello is a favorite: jealous, deceitful and completely ruthless. I had this character in mind when I created Holly in my second novel, Wildlife. Every time she asked me if something she might do was too horrible, she thought of Iago and that helped me mold her into a truly horrible fake friend.
3. You are going to organize a literary dinner, which five authors would you invite? (alive or dead)
So many possible configurations for some fantastic dinners, but tonight I’m inviting Edith Nesbit, Joan Aiken, LM Montgomery, Tove Jansson, and Robin Klein.
4. What literary invention would you like to be real?
Time Machine. See questions 3 and 9.
5. What are the five words that describe your writing process?
Dream. Plan. Write. Write again. Write again.
6. What are the five words with which you would like to be remembered as a writer?
“It made me laugh, cry, think.”
7. Imagine your favorite writing space. What are five objects you would find there?
Computer. Remote keyboard. Cup of coffee. 4:00 p.m. snakes. Window, through which to look at the sky.
8. Pick up the nearest book, open it to page 22 and find the second word in the first sentence. Now write a line that starts with that word. (Please include the name of the book!)
The word is ‘she’ of dragon skinKaren Foxlee’s superb young adult novel.
Her name was Persephone, not that anyone had bothered to ask.
9. If you could ask an author a question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
One of the wonderful things about working as a writer is that you can ask another author anything. The authors are kind, helpful, and good at listening to each other’s trials and tribulations. So once the current questions are resolved, I’ll travel back in time to ask George Eliot if he could see his planning documents for mid gear – So many balls in the air! If George Eliot weren’t available for some reason, he would ask Enid Blyton how she was so prolific: Did she have a team of ghost writers working with her?
10. What would you rather do: ‘Never write another story or never read another book’?
Neither option is in any way acceptable!
Fiona Wood’s first novel, six impossible things was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year, Older Readers. The next three books of him, Wildlife, wish cloud; Y take three girls (co-written with Cath Crowley and Simmone Howell, and winner of the CBCA Award for Older Readers) was shortlisted for many other awards. His books are published internationally. Fiona is also a screenwriter and lives in Melbourne / Naarm with her family. For more information, see fionawood.com.