Name: Brigid Lowry
Date of birth: 25 March 1953
Place of birth: Auckland
Now living in: Nelson
What is your favourite food?
My favourite meal would be grilled salmon with buttery mashed potato and fresh asparagus. Sticky date pudding with cream, and a glass of champagne.
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
When I was a baby I was nick-named Wol because I was chubby and owly like the Owl in Winnie The Pooh. Now I am a grown-up I don’t have a nick-name.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Too many to name! Sometimes my mouth moves quicker than my brain. Oops!
How do you relax?
Reading, walking, day-dreaming, movies, music, travel, picnics.
Who inspired you when you were little?
Fabulous books and interesting, creative people.
What were you like at school?
Quiet, awkward, shy, plain.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Most hated: Maths
What was the book you most loved as a child?
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Frida Kahlo. Janis Joplin.
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Why did you want to be a writer?
I love books, words, poetry, stories and ideas. I like not working 9-5, and being paid to tell fibs.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
I write at my computer in my study, surrounded by things I love, like photographs, things made of blue glass, coloured pencils.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
It’s creative and you get to sleep in! (best). Sometimes it is very lonely and hard to think of new things to write about (worst).
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
A jazz singer or a rich person who lived in the Caribbean and swam, ate, read and snorkelled all day.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Apply lots of bum glue. Believe in yourself. Then go for it.
This interview is from 2005.