Name: Diana Noonan
Date of birth: 7 January 1960
Place of birth: Dunedin
Now living in: Catlins
What is your favourite food?
Do you have a nickname and if so what is it?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Don’t have one.
How do you relax?
I enjoy sleeping and swimming.
Who inspired you when you were little?
My English teacher in the third form.
What were you like at school?
I enjoyed school.
Most hated: Economics
What was the book you most loved as a child?
Trixie Belden series.
Which person from the past would you most like to meet?
Why did you want to be a writer?
I wanted to paint, really, but I couldn’t manage to do it well enough to satisfy myself — so I painted with words instead.
Do you have a special place where you write your books?
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being a writer?
Best is having time alone and to myself. Worst is the stress I put on myself to finish a piece of work.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to be?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read as much as you can and practise writing every day.
This interview is from 2002.