Name: Alina Arkins
Date of birth: 22 April 1973
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Now living in: Auckland
- What is your favourite food?
- Chocolate! Anything sweet.
- Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
- I don’t really have a nickname (at least not one that I know of!)
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- There have been lots! As a child I was a bit clumsy and not very good at sports, so there were quite a few embarrassing moments at school.
- How do you relax?
- I read a book, spend time in the garden, or go for a walk.
- Who inspired you when you were little?
- I don’t really remember, but now the people who inspire me are ordinary people who have achieved something they wanted to and are not afraid to take risks sometimes.
- What were you like at school?
- I did well academically, but was hopeless at sport.
- What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
- Favourite subject at high school was Science/Biology, and my most hated subject was English!
- What was the book you most loved as a child?
- There were lots. I liked Enid Blyton (The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair), Abel’s Island by William Steig, and a book called Deep Sea Monkey.
- Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
- Queen Elizabeth I and Jesus.
- Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
- There are so many! One of my favourites is Mary Wesley.
- Why did you want to be a writer?
- To inspire people to learn about their environment and the fascinating plants and animals we have in New Zealand.
- Do you have a special place where you write your books?
- At my desk in the office, next to a window so I can look out and give my eyes a rest from the computer screen.
- What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
- The best thing is seeing your work when it’s made into a book. The worst thing is spending a lot of time sitting in front of my computer.
- If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
- A biologist, travelling the world and working on different projects studying different animals and plants.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- My advice would be to read lots of other writers’ books and decide what you like and don’t like about their style of writing - this helps to develop your own style. Also give your work to other people to read and make comments.
This interview is from 2002.