Name: Christine Johnston
Date of birth: 4 January 1950
Place of birth: Dunedin
Now living in: Dunedin
What is your favourite food?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I try to forget all my embarrassing moments.
How do you relax?
Read, walk the dog.
Who inspired you when you were little?
What were you like at school?
Keen and bright, but a bad speller.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
What was the book you most loved as a child?
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
I just enjoy whatever I’m reading at the time and I’m always keen to discover new ‘favourites’.
Why did you want to be a writer?
I had lots of stories inside my head, wanting to get out.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
I work in my study.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Creating something from scratch is the best thing. The worst thing is waiting for the publisher to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just do it!
This interview is from 2002.