Name: Carolyn Ann Aish
Date of birth: 28 June 1948
Place of birth: Waitara, Taranaki
Now living in: Inglewood, Taranaki
What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I was on time at my wedding, but made to go away because the groomsmen weren’t there, and this made me look as if I was 20 minutes late!
How do you relax?
With music by the fire.
Who inspired you when you were little?
What were you like at school?
Friendly but competitive.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Favourite — English/writing
Most hated — Science.
What was the book you most loved as a child?
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Why did you want to be a writer?
To write for children and read aloud to the children, a book in which each chapter has a cliff-hanger ending.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
No — I can write anywhere, anytime.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Best: To see a completed, published book.
Worst: Interruptions and not making enough time to write.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write every day and never throw a page away:
Write, write write!
This interview is from 2002.