Interview with Des Hunt

Book Cover of Phantom of TerawhitiName: Des Hunt

Date of birth: 29 December 1941

Place of birth: Palmerston North

Now living in: Matarangi, Coromandel Peninsula

What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Several – all of them involving trying to get to know girls.
How do you relax?
Who inspired you when you were little?
An author named Howard Spring (aged 13 years +).
A teacher who was involved in the rediscovery of the takahe in 1947.
What were you like at school?
A nerd — though nobody labelled us that in the 1950’s – we were accepted like all other kids.
What was your favourite/most hated subject at school?
Favourite: Science
Most hated: English
What was the book you most loved as a child?
A Golden Book about a penguin who hated the cold and sailed off in a bathtub to the tropics.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Isaac Newton.
Who is your favourite author/children’s author?
Maurice Gee.
Why did you want to be a writer?
To help people understand how special New Zealand nature is.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
I have an office which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
The best thing is writing. The worst is waiting to see if it is accepted by a publisher.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write and write and write. Then read and reread what you have written.

Read some books by Des Hunt
More information about Des Hunt
Des Hunt’s website

Read posts featuring Des Hunt on the Christchurch Kids blog.

This interview is from 2002.