Interview with Beverley Dunlop

Name: Beverley Dunlop

Date of birth: 25 August 1935

Place of birth: Takaka

Now living in: Napier

What is your favourite food?


Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?


What was your most embarrassing moment?

At school. Talking to my friend about whether we were prettier than two other girls. Finding the other girls were sitting within earshot laughing their heads off!!

How do you relax?

TV and reading

Who inspired you when you were little?

My Mum read me poetry and Dad was always writing stories.

What were you like at school?


What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?

Most hated: Maths

What was the book you most loved as a child?

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame.

Which person from the past would you most like to meet?

My Uncle Ted.

Who is your favourite author/children’s author?

Roald Dahl.

Why did you want to be a writer?

I wanted to share my experiences with other people.

Do you have a special place where you write your books?

No, I can write anywhere.

What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?

The best thing is knowing people enjoy what I write.

Worst – the long hours re-writing my books and stories.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?

A musician or an illustrator.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read a lot and write a lot.

Read a short story online by Beverley Dunlop
Read some books by Beverley Dunlop

This interview is from 2002.

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